By Justin Jones, Editorial Assistant
We have two more instances this month of guides allegedly gone rogue and dragging clients into legal troubles. Both Ronald Martin (see Report 2372
from 2001 in our database) and John Katzeek of John Katzeek Guiding Service are from Haines, Alaska
. Back in May, Juneau, Alaska radio station KTOO reported that Martin had agreed to a plea deal in a Lacey Act case (ktoo.org/2013/05/22/haines-guide-to-plead-guilty-to-federal-charges-for-hunting-violations
). We have confirmed with authorities in Alaska that Martin has signed a plea agreement with prosecutors in the US District Court to plead guilty to a number of wildlife charges, including wildlife trafficking, false statements on legal documents submitted to Alaskan wildlife authorities and border control authorities concerning wildlife, and violations of the federal Lacey Act. The plea will be entered in court sometime in October, and Martin faces a $40,000 fine and three years probation in which he may not guide or hunt in the US, as well as confiscation of property, including an airplane. He also agreed to plead guilty to two lesser state charges. These illegal acts allegedly occurred during the course of Martin guiding clients for black bear, brown bear and mountain goat.....