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Brothers from Sault Tribe to appeal fishing violation conviction

Two members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan are maintaining their innocence in an illegal fishing case.

Brothers Troy and Wade Jensen were convicted of conspiring to buy and sell fish without a commercial fishing license. They were each sentenced to one year in jail, plus fines and restitution, but they are planning to appeal.

"The two maintain their innocence," attorney Karl Numinen told The Escanaba Daily Press.

A non-Indian man was also convicted in the same case. Separately, the tribe prosecuted three more of its members -- who also are brothers -- for illegally setting nets in Little Bay de Noc to catch walleye.

Get the Story:
Two will appeal case (The Escanaba Daily Press 6/28)
Three fishermen sentenced to one year in jail (The Escanaba Daily Press 6/28)

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