September 22, 2011
Celebrity Hunter Jeff Foiles Sentenced to 13 Months for Wildlife Violations
By Chad Love
The weight of the law has finally fallen on "Fallin' Skies" duck hunting "celebrity" Jeff Foiles, who was sentenced this week to 13 months in prison for multiple wildlife violations.
From this story in the (Springfield, IL) State-Journal Register:
“Fallin’ Skies” video star Jeffrey Foiles was sentenced Wednesday to serve 13 months in prison after his guilty plea was accepted in U.S. District Court — and after a lecture from another hunter, U.S. Magistrate Judge Byron Cudmore. Foiles, 54, a professional waterfowl hunter and call maker from Pleasant Hill, originally faced a 23-count federal indictment for violating federal wildlife laws.
Foiles in June agreed to plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges and serve a prison sentence for unlawful sale of wildlife and unlawful taking of migratory game birds. Foiles still faces sentencing Oct. 19 in Edmonton, Canada, for other wildlife violations , including charges of animal cruelty for not immediately killing wounded ducks and geese. He is to begin serving his U.S. sentence on Nov. 21. Foiles declined to make a statement in court Wednesday, saying he did not want to be criticized further.
In addition to jail time, he will serve a year of supervised release, pay $100,000 in fines and give up his hunting and guiding privileges for two years following his release from jail. As part of the agreement, Foiles also agreed to make public service announcements admitting wrongdoing and encouraging others to observe wildlife laws. “I’m a hunter, too, Mr. Foiles,” Cudmore said during sentencing. “Hunting is a privilege, not a right, and you have violated that privilege to a great degree.”
Thoughts? Comments? Reaction? Is Foiles an anomaly, or is he merely a product of a celebrity-driven, body-count based industry that cares only about hawking product through mindless on-air carnage?