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FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2007

Decatur men sentenced for Wheeler sex charges

Two Decatur men cited in July for sexual misconduct at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge were sentenced last week in federal court.

Michael R. Hollis, 48, pleaded guilty in February to indecent exposure. He was banned from Wheeler, required to register as a sex offender under the Community Notification Act and sentenced to 30 days in prison.

Julian B. Burnett, 54, was convicted by a federal jury in February of indecent exposure and public lewdness. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and another 180 days of probation, including three months of house arrest. He was fined $5,000. His attorney said he would appeal the sentence.

The men were among 28 whom U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officers cited during a four-day operation.

- Eric Fleischauer

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