Hunting guide fined, sentenced to nine months in jail

Posted: Tuesday, November 21, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A hunting guide who eluded Alaska State Troopers for eight months was ordered to spend nine months in jail and pay a $1,000 fine.

Michael ''Tony'' Roberts, 38, was sentenced Monday in Anchorage District Court. He was charged with 16 violations after being arrested in Trapper Creek in May, including guiding without a license and same day airborne hunting. He was sentenced on four violations.

Alaska State Troopers, working undercover, booked a trip with Roberts in September 1999. He instructed them to kill an illegal moose and take all bears so he could later sell their gall bladders on the black market, troopers said.

''The impression of the undercover hunters was that any bear that was shot ... the gall bladder was going to get harvested. He even wanted the cubs to get shot so there wouldn't be any evidence of the illegal kill,'' prosecutor Eric Aarseth told KTUU-TV.

The judge also restricted Roberts from hunting for five years and guiding for 10 years.



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