Meyers' sentence appalling

Posted: Sunday, November 07, 2010

I am appalled with the sentencing of Park Myers for killing the wolf I and many others believe to be Romeo. Judge Keith Levy should be ashamed of that sentence. Myers got what should be considered a slap on the wrist. The judge has now made it known to any future similar criminals their punishment will be minor overall.

From the article on page A1 of Thursday's Empire: "Judge Keith Levy sentenced Myers to a total of 330 days in jail, all suspended; $12,500 in fines, $7,500 suspended, for a total of $5,000 due within two years. Myers has additional restitution of $1,100 and must forfeit three rifles and surrender any interest in hides generated in this case. His hunting license is suspended for the duration of his probation."

This is an insult to all Alaskans, hunters or not. I would be willing to bet that all decent sportsmen nationwide would be disappointed with Myers' token punishment. At the very least, Myers should have been prohibited from ever obtaining a hunting license in Alaska for life. As a deterrent to anybody from ever doing something like this again, none of Myers' sentence should have been suspended.

Residents in Levy's district should remember this when deciding whether or not to retain him. Residents should also ask he be removed from the position.

Douglas Lowe

Point, Texas

Former Juneau resident

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