Nome guide receives lifetime ban after plea

Nome, Alaska (KINY) - A Nome-based Master Guide has received a lifetime revocation of his guide license after a plea agreement with the Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions.

On Jan. 3, Master Guide Brian Simpson, 57, was sentenced in Nome District Court to a lifetime revocation of his license, 60 days in jail with 60 days suspended, $65,000 in fines with $30,000 suspended, $2,600 in restitution, and one year of probation.

The sentence was in accordance with a plea agreement after he was charged with two criminal counts of aiding in the commission of a violation by using employees on snowmobiles to herd grizzly bears toward clients in GMU22.

Simpson also faced three criminal counts of guiding on federal land in the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve without prior authorization.

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