Plea deal: Probation in wildlife trafficking case

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Whitewood man accused of guiding illegal hunting trips on the Pine Ridge Reservation is expected to plead guilty to federal charges of wildlife trafficking.

A plea agreement says both the prosecution and defense will ask a judge to sentence Everett MacKaben Jr. to three years of probation. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began investigating after receiving a tip from a tribal ranger.

Authorities say MacKaben had been paid to guide deer hunts on the reservation for several years without proper hunting licenses. The Rapid City Journal says he also prepared meat and did taxidermy in a cabin for his clients.

The deal also requires MacKaben to pay a $10,000 federal fine and nearly $27,000 in restitution to the Oglala Sioux.

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