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Elk poachers indicted

Published: Thursday, May 31st, 2012

The Custer County State’s Attorney’s office has announced indictments have been unsealed and arrest warrants issued for Henry J. Martens Jr, 27; and Timothy J. Burke, 46; both of Keystone, for two counts each of Hunting Big Game Without a License. These charges stem from the alleged illegal taking of two bull elk in Wind Cave National Park Jan. 30.
“This investigation has brought together the best of both the state and federal system in order to investigate, charge and prosecute the individuals who were involved in this senseless act,” said Custer County Deputy State’s Attorney Matt Brown. “I have been absolutely impressed with the professionalism of U.S. Park Ranger Darren Belskis and South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Officer D.J. Schroeder, whose tireless efforts have solved this case, and will bring those responsible to justice. I applaud the level of multi-agency cooperation that has taken place to resolve this case.”
Federal Lacey Act charges are also pending against both defendants.

The Custer County State’s Attorney’s office has announced indictments have been unsealed and arrest warrants issued for Henry J. Martens Jr, 27; and Timothy J. Burke, 46; both of Keystone, for two counts each of Hunting Big Game Without a License. These charges stem from the alleged illegal taking of two bull elk in Wind Cave National Park Jan. 30.

“This investigation has brought together the best of both the state and federal system in order to investigate, charge and prosecute the individuals who were involved in this senseless act,” said Custer County Deputy State’s Attorney Matt Brown. “I have been absolutely impressed with the professionalism of U.S. Park Ranger Darren Belskis and South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Officer D.J. Schroeder, whose tireless efforts have solved this case, and will bring those responsible to justice. I applaud the level of multi-agency cooperation that has taken place to resolve this case.”

Federal Lacey Act charges are also pending against both defendants.



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