MI man sentenced to 5 months for hunting with silencer

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August 6, 2002

Traverse City Record-Eagle

Man sentenced for silencer hunting

GRAYLING - A Sterling Heights man was sentenced to five months in jail and two years probation for hunting with a silencer on the opening day of deer season.

     Luigi Laise, 48, was sentenced Monday by Chief Circuit Judge Alton T. Davis following his no-contest plea to possession of a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm.

     Crawford County Prosecutor John Huss and probation and parole agents requested a nine month jail sentence.

     Laise was arrested by Department of Natural Resources officers last fall for having a 23-inch silencer attached to a .223-caliber rifle. Officers had set up surveillance on Laise, who owns property in the Lovells area, and said they saw him shoot a deer over a large bait pile of sugar beets and 10 bails of hay.

     Charges of using an illegal bait pile and possession of a deer without a hunting license and kill tag were dismissed against Laise. Earlier, he also had pleaded guilty to transporting a hunting rifle outside of hunting hours.

     Despite nearly cutting Laise's jail time in half, Judge Davis said he wanted to send a message that illegal actions where hunting and fishing are popular activities will be treated with some severity.

     Laise will serve his jail time in Macomb County and will be eligible for work release. But he will not be able to be with his children or others who hunt as a condition of his probation that he not be in contact with anyone with a firearm.

     "He'll just have to stay out of there," Davis said. "It's part of the price you pay."
 

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