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Wallaceburg Man Sentenced to Jail Under Species at Risk Act

SARNIA, Ont. -- June 10, 2010 -- Randy Nahdee of Wallaceburg, Ontario, pleaded guilty on May 6, 2010 in the Ontario Court of Justice – Sarnia/Lambton Court on two counts of unlawfully possessing Blanding’s turtles and a spotted turtle contrary to the Species at Risk Act. Mr. Nahdee was sentenced to imprisonment for a term of four months which is to be served within the community as per the terms of a conditional sentence order.

In addition, the sentence included two years probation and a three year court order under the Species at Risk Act. As a term of probation, Mr. Nahdee is not to engage in hunting, guiding or activities related to the collection of wildlife. Furthermore, the court order prohibits Mr. Nahdee from any contact with other persons sentenced in related matters; from participating in activities related to the capture of wild reptiles, birds or other animals under the Species at Risk Act; and from being at or near locations where threatened or endangered species might reasonably be expected to be present.

Mr. Nahdee was arrested on August 23, 2007, in a joint operation by Environment Canada and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources officers. He was apprehended with 26 live Blanding’s turtles and one spotted turtle. He was charged with the unlawful possession of the turtles, which were taken from the waters of the Walpole Island First Nation.

Pak Sun Chung of Toronto, who was arrested with Mr. Nahdee, was sentenced to nine months in jail and given three years’ probation on August 4, 2009.

Kung Wing So of Toronto, who was also arrested with Mr. Nahdee and Mr. Chung, was fined $10,000 and given three years’ probation on September 10, 2008. That fine was directed to the Environmental Damages Fund. His conviction was the first under the Species at Risk Act in Ontario.