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No prison for ex-Blackfeet leaders who held hunts

By Associated Press
Published On: Jun 21 2013 09:12:58 AM MDT
HELENA, Mont. -

A judge has sentenced three former Blackfeet tribal leaders to three years' probation for holding illegal big-game hunts for country musicians being filmed for an outdoors television show.
    
U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen on Thursday also ordered Jay St. Goddard, Jay Wells and Gayle Skunkcap Jr. to pay $56,625 in restitution.
    
The men previously pleaded guilty to holding four hunts in 2010 and 2011 without licenses and to using tribal resources to guide the musicians, including Josh Thompson, Justin Moore and Mark Cooke.
    
Prosecutors had recommended the men each serve 15 months in prison and pay the tribe $68,625.
    
The defendants' attorneys argued the men should not receive any prison time because their aim was to promote the Blackfeet through publicity from the "Sovereign Sportsman" show and the free concerts.