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Alaska fishermen sentenced for killing endangered sea lions


November 22, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – An Alaska salmon boat skipper who killed endangered Steller sea lions with a shotgun and hindered an investigation has been fined $20,000 in federal court.

Jon Nichols, 31, of Cordova, was sentenced Tuesday to five years’ probation, three months of home confinement and 400 hours of community service.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Smith also ordered Nichols to publicly apologize in a national commercial fishing magazine.

One of Nichols’ crewmen, Theodore “Teddy’’ Turgeon, 21, of Wasilla, also shot the endangered animals. He was sentenced to four years’...

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