Ken Jouppi, 70, of Fairbanks was found guilty Friday after a short trial, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. He and his charter airline, KenAir, were convicted of illegal importing of alcohol, a misdemeanor.
The company could be fined anywhere from $200,000 to $1 million.
Helen Nicholai, 52, has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges that she brought about 7 gallons of canned Budweiser and Bud Light to Beaver in April 2012 and received a three-day sentence. Beaver, a hamlet with a mostly Native-American population of under 100 in the Yukon district, bans the possession and sale of alcohol.
In addition to charging Jouppi and KenAir, Alaska State Police also seized one of his planes, a Cessna 206. Mary Ames, Jouppi's wife and co-owner of KenAir, has accused the troopers of "policing for profit."
"We have plans in place to make sure that justice is done," Ames said, when asked if her husband plans to appeal. "This isn't any more just about Ken, this is about the liability about any pilot."
Sentencing is scheduled for October.
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