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BOZEMAN - An Arizona man has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of poaching for his role in the illegal hunting of 19 antelope and an undisclosed number of other big game animals and fowl in Montana.

Michael W. Duby entered his plea in Gallatin County on Tuesday, and District Judge John Brown gave him two-six-month suspended jail sentences. Duby also will not be allowed to hunt or trap anywhere during the sentence and will never be allowed to do so in Montana again.

Prosecutors say Duby, his son and another man illegally hunted the animals between 2005 and 2008.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that the elder Duby initially was charged with one count of unlawful possession of game animals, a felony. But he struck a plea deal that reduced the charge to the misdemeanor counts by the same name.

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