Artist enters plea deal in animal parts case

Mar 26, 2013 -- 9:50am

 

- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A 62-year-old Nenana artist charged with illegally selling and exporting Alaska animal parts has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Miles Martin on Friday in federal court agreed to plead guilty to four felony counts and to refrain from business related to wildlife. The deal calls for a jail sentence of six to 10 months in jail and a $6,750 fine. Martin's plea covered counts of selling trumpeter swan and bald eagle feathers, a walrus head with two tusks and other animal parts. Prosecutors say he offered for sale seal claws, polar bear teeth and fur, and a seal tooth. Sentencing is set for June 7. 

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