DOVE HUNTERS ENTER GUILTY PLEAS IN FEDERAL COURT

Release Date: 06/19/2007

Anthony F. Tamporello, 49, of Norco and Kris P. Pfister, 19, of St. Rose, appeared before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans and pled guilty on May 15 to taking migratory game birds over a baited area and taking over the daily limit of migratory game birds. 


U. S. Magistrate Judge Louis Moore, Jr. accepted the guilty pleas and fined Tamporello $1,825 and Pfister  $1,675.  Moore also ordered the men to serve three years inactive probation, pay a $20 special assessment fee, and both men are prohibited from entering any National Wildlife Refuge.


Agents were conducting surveillance of a baited area on the St. Charles Parish Hurricane Protection Levee, when Tamporello and Pfister arrived and began to hunt.  The agents documented the hunt and watched each hunter shoot over his daily limit. 


Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Capitelli negotiated the plea agreement on behalf of the government.


Agents participating in the investigation were Lt. Stephen McManus, Sgt. Eddie Skena, Senior Agent Jason Russo, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Stephen Clark.


EDITORS: For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov.
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