Former owner of Doc Water's files motion of intent to change plea

Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The case docket for former Doc Water's restaurant owner Jason Maroney reveals Maroney's attorneys filed a motion of intent to change a plea.

The hearing on Maroney's motion is scheduled for today at the Federal Courthouse.

"There is a proposed plea agreement," Maroney said. "That has not been signed off on by all necessary parties. We are currently in negotiations for any potential terms of any plea agreement."

Maroney and David Skrzynski were indicted July 24, 2009 on charges of violating the Lacey Act by commercializing subsistence Pacific halibut.

According to the indictment, Skrzynski held a valid Subsistence Halibut Registration Certificate card that allowed him to fish for halibut for subsistence, but not for commercial sale. However, Skrzynski made numerous deliveries of unfrozen halibut to Doc Water's between July 2005 and March 2008. Several calls to Skrzynski for comment were not returned.

Maroney faces 10 counts related to violations of the Lacey Act, which "combats trafficking in 'illegal' wildlife, fish, and plants," according to the USDA website. Skrzynski plead guilty to eight charges and is awaiting sentencing in October. As part of his guilty plea, the federal government agreed not to pursue forfeiture proceedings against Skrzynski's boat.

A three-day trial regarding the charges against Maroney had been set to begin Monday.

Maroney is a part-time employee of the Empire.

• Contact Klas Stolpe at klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.



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