Delaware man pleads to hunting charges

Posted: Friday, March 16, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Delaware man pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor hunting charges Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage.

Leighton Ray Rummel, 54, of Millsboro, Del., pleaded guilty to three counts of purchase or sale in interstate commerce of unlawfully possessed wildlife. Each count can carry a one-year prison term, one year of supervised release and a $100,000 fine.

According to prosecutors, Rummel hunted out of a Coldfoot-area camp run by Ivan Gibson in 1994 and 1995. Prosecutors said that in September 1994, Rummel assisted Charles Sommerkamp, another Gibson client, in killing an undersized moose.

Federal prosecutor Stephen Cooper said the other two charges relate to moose Rummel shot himself in September 1994 and 1995.

''He went hunting and didn't have a moose tag,'' Cooper noted. In both cases, Rummel is charged with tagging both moose with Gibson's resident ticket.

The federal charges arose because parts of the moose were transported across state lines.

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