2 March 2004
HELENA - A man who already had his hunting and fishing
privileges suspended for 20 years for poaching has now been banned for life
from fishing, hunting or trapping after being caught fishing on the Missouri
Cascade County Justice of the Peace Sam Harris on Monday
sentenced Gary R. Motarie, 40, to 10 days in jail and
ordered him to pay fines of $2,500. In addition, Harris revoked Motarie's
game and fish privileges for life, citing his history of violations.
Motarie pleaded guilty to possessing a brown trout and
using four fishing poles in a one-pole area. A game warden caught Motarie
fishing on the evening of Feb. 28, just upstream from the town of Cascade.
Last April, Motarie, who was living in Cut Bank then,
pleaded guilty to hunting during a closed season and to illegal possession
of a bull elk.
Authorities said he killed a trophy elk on the Sun River
Wildlife Management Area, nine miles northwest of Augusta.
He was caught after a picture of him posing with the
animal ran in a local newspaper.
He also was charged and later convicted of attempting to
intimidate witnesses in the case against him. He was ordered to pay fines of
$9,000 for the poaching and was fined another $5,000 and sentenced to six
years in prison on felony witness tampering charges. All but 30 days of the
prison sentence was suspended.
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