Hunting Accident File > VIOLATIONS > 2006

Two convicted, one acquitted in hunting trial

LANGDON, N.D. A hunting trial in Cavalier County has ended, with two convictions and one acquittal.

The jury deliberated about two hours yesterday before convicting Tracy Sommer of Cedarburg, Wisconsin and Brian Schmiess (SHMEES) of Munich.

A third man -- Chris Kestell of Waldo, Wisconsin -- was acquitted.

Sommer was found guilty on three counts of outfitting without a license, and Schmiess on three counts of guiding without a license. The incidents happened last fall.

The two men will be sentenced on the misdemeanor charges later. The counts each carry a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a one-thousand-dollar fine. 

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