Judge poised to sentence Montana family in hunting scheme
Billings, Mont. (AP) – A Saco-area ranch family snared in an
illegal hunting scheme is getting ready to appear in federal court
in Billings for sentencing.
U.S. District Judge Jack Shanstrom is expected to sentence
Wednesday 74-year-old Leo Bergtoll, his 68-year-old wife Anna Lou
Bergtoll and the couple’s 44-year-old son, Darrel Bergtoll.
All three pleaded guilty earlier this year to federal charges
stemming from an investigation into illegal hunting on or near the
family’s Frenchman Valley ranch.
Prosecutors are recommending fines, probation and an unusual
form of community service for the husband and wife, but prison time
for their son.
Prosecutors say The Bergtolls worked with a longtime associate
to recruit hunters in Southern states and run an outfitting
business on their cattle ranch.