11 face abalone poaching charges

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Posted by . on June 29, 2009 at 11:31:00:

From Fort Bragg Advocate News

Between May 20 and May 27, six Fish and Game wardens watched as 11 alleged abalone poachers plied their craft. Under the leadership of main investigating Warden Dave Bess of Sacramento, the 11 were arrested and now await their fate, the District Attorney's Office reports.

In a brief interview Monday with Tim Stoen, the chief Deputy District Attorney for the coast, it was learned that the 11 defendants will be split into two groups. One group of six will be tried in Ukiah while the remaining five will be sent to Ten Mile Court in Fort Bragg. On June 29 the Fort Bragg group will appear in Judge Lehan's Ten Mile Court and decide on a mutually agreeable date for a preliminary hearing. The Ukiah group will follow that same process on July 2.

The defendants are Chengri Jin, Jing Yu Jin, Jing Hua Jin, Yuang Feng Li and Chengzhe Piao, all of Los Angeles, Haiyu Li of Chicago, Ming X Jin and Hogen Taz, both of Santa Clara, Donghu Qian, of Richmond, Chengguo Piao of Chicago, and Guang Yuan Cui of San Jose.

They will be facing charges for commercial abalone taking (166 total), excessive abalone taking, possessing undersized abalone, excessive possessing of abalone, refusing to display, and using another's license and abalone report card. All are being charged as felonies but each defendant will also be tried on misdemeanor charges independently.

Some of the abalone were found in Room 144 of the Surf Motel in Fort Bragg. The person who checked into the motel is from Sacramento.

All 11 defendants are also charged with an overriding charge of felony conspiracy to commit a crime.

Also from Ten Mile Court (Fort Bragg) on Tuesday, June 23, 2009

- Donovan E. Dolcini pleaded not guilty to possessing two abalone over the limit. His JT was then set for Jan. 13, between terms at Chico State where he attends college.

- Fredrick D. and Jennifer L. Jones pleaded not guilty to possessing two abalone over the limit. The judge denied them the right to serve as their own attorneys. If they get clearance from the court's financial office, Judge Lehan will appoint them a public defender.

- Kimberly L. Kurnizki pleaded not guilty to having one abalone over the limit. She was denied the right to defend herself and will attempt to qualify for a public defender.

- Papoo and Sarn J. Saechao each admitted to having one abalone over the limit. They were placed on 12-month probations, fined $1,380 each, and ordered to surrender their fishing license and abalone punch card plus their abalone and gear.

- Guanghai N. Song admitted to having seven abalone over the limit. He was placed on a 24-month probation, sentenced to five days in MCJ, and fined $2,008. He was also ordered to surrender his license, gear, abalone and fishing privileges for the term of his probation.

- Yu C. Tai admitted to possessing two abalone that were undersized. He was placed on a 12-month probation, fined $1,488, and ordered to surrender his gear, abalone, license and punch card.

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