United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank has announced that a man from York, Maine has pleaded guilty to making false statements to a federal law enforcement agent. 58-year-old Mark Elkhorn pled guilty to the charges last week. Court records show that in October of 2015 an individual provided law enforcement with information that Elkhorn had been unlawfully trapping animals on the Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge.
The matter was investigated by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Based on evidence acquired during the investigation, Elkhorn was ultimately charged with multiple misdemeanors in Maine and was issued a federal citation. On December 11, 2016, the defendant sent a threatening text message from his cell phone to the individual providing information to law enforcement. On January 6, 2017, Elkhorn made false statements to a Federal Wildlife Officer about the threatening text messages.
Elkhorn will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the United States Probation Office. At the time of sentencing, the defendant will face a maximum of five years in prison and up to thee years of supervised release. Additional details have been made available here.