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Kimball man sentenced for illegal deer hunts

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KIMBALL — A Kimball man was sentenced Friday for assaulting, resisting and impeding a federal officer and for conducting deer hunts without licenses.

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James R. Steckley, 44, was sentenced to two days in custody with credit for one day, six months home confinement, two years of supervised release and a $25 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund on the assaulting, resisting and impeding a federal officer conviction.

He was sentenced to 40 hours of community service, a $7,500 fine, and a $25 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund on the Lacey Act Violations charge. Steckley cannot possess guns for a period of two years and cannot hunt for two years.

The Lacey Act protects plants and wildlife with civil and criminal penalties for a wide array of violations.

Steckley, on Sept. 6, 2012, interfered with a special agent with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service while that agent was investigating the Lacey Act violations. The investigation revealed that between Nov. 27, 2011, and Dec. 5, 2011, in Brule County, Steckley, then part owner of Steckley’s Wild Dakota Outfitters, a commercial hunting operation in central South Dakota, hosted paying clients to hunt deer without appropriate licenses.

Steckley was indicted for assaulting, resisting and impeding a federal officer by a federal grand jury in September. He was indicted for the Lacey Act violations in February. He pleaded guilty to both charges in October.

Steckley will self-surrender to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Source: U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson’s Office

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