Former tribe leaders sentenced for hosting game hunts for country stars

Three former members of an Native American tribe in Montana have been sentenced to probation for holding illegal big-game hunts for country stars Justin Moore and Josh Thompson. Jay St. Goddard, Jay Wells and Gayle Skunkcap Jr. were accused of hosting four hunts for the singers without the proper permits back in 2010 and 2011, using tribal funds to outfit the stars, who were filming an outdoor TV show in the area.
The former leaders of the Blackfeet tribe pleaded guilty to the charges, and on Thursday (20Jun13) U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ordered the trio to stay out of trouble for the next three years and pay $56,625 (GBP36,532) in restitution.
A statement to the Associated Press from the trio’s legal team reads, “The three Defendants had good intentions. They just went about it in the wrong fashion.”