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Two Makah Indians Get Jail Time for Illegal Hunt

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Five Makah Indian whalers who killed a gray whale in an illegal hunt last September have been sentenced in federal court in Tacoma. The sentences include jail time for two men considered the leaders of the group.
Wayne Johnson received five months in jail, and Andy Noel was sentenced to three months in jail. U.S. attorney's office spokeswoman Emily Langlie says both men also will be supervised for
a year after their release.
Langlie says the other three men - Frankie Gonzales, Theron Parker and William Secor - received two years of probation and between 100 and 150 hours of community service.
As part of Monday's sentencing, U.S. Magistrate Judge Kelley Arnold also said all five men have lost their privilege to hunt whales during their supervision period, even if the tribe obtains a
federal permit for a legal whale hunt.
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