January 25, 2007

San Leandro Pastor Sentenced to Jail for Poaching Sharks

In a press release issued on January 23, 2007, US Attorney Kevin Ryan announced that San Leandro pastor Kevin Thompson was sentenced on January 22, 2007, to one year and one day in jail for poaching juvenile leopard sharks.

"The indictment specifically charged that approximately 465 juvenile leopard sharks were sold to companies in Miami; Chicago; Houston; Romulus, Michigan; Milford, Connecticut; the Netherlands; and the United Kingdom."

Thompson was also ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution.

Thompson is the pastor at the Bay Area Family Church, Holy Spirit Association for Unification of World Christianity, located at 2305 Washington Avenue in San Leandro. He is scheduled to surrender into custody on March 19, 2007.

According to the press release, "Hiroshi Ishikawa, 36, of San Leandro, was a member of the Church and was sentenced on October 11, 2006, to three years probation, and $40,000 restitution."

Others who were charged and pleaded guilty are John Newberry, 34, of Hayward, California, Ira Gass, 53, of Azusa, California, Vincent Ng, 43, of Oakland, and Sion Lim, 39, of San Francisco, California. Lim was sentenced on June 6, 2006, to one year probation, a $5,000 fine, and $20,000 in restitution. The others are awaiting sentencing.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at January 25, 2007 1:00 PM | TrackBack
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