Hells Angel fined in wetlands case


LACONIA, N.H. (AP) – A member of the Hells Angels has been fined, sentenced to jail and ordered to set aside thousands of dollars to help repair the damage caused by illegally filling wetlands and altering terrain in Laconia (New Hampshire).

Edward Shaughnessy was fined $2,000 and sentenced to 45 days in jail.

Superior Court Judge Bruce Mohl ordered Shaughnessy to to set up an escrow fund of $50,000 and ruled that if a site restoration plan is not submitted to the state, the Department of Environmental Services can use the money to pay for restoration.

Mohl told Shaughnessy jail time was appropriate because of the severity of the crimes.

“They are not insignificant or technical violations but deliberate and extensive,” Mohl said.

Shaughnessy denounced the verdict.

He has maintained he was prosecuted because of his affiliation of with motorcycle club.

Information from: Citizen, http://www.fosters.com/citizen

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