Wild Alaskan

The Wild Alaskan, a floating strip club, is seen in the waters of Kodiak harbor in 2014. (File photo)

Through his attorney, the man convicted of illegal dumping of waste in Chiniak Bay last year has requested a new trial.

Darren Byler, owner of the crabber Wild Alaskan that was converted into a floating bar and grill and strip club, was convicted by a jury in December 2015 of illegally discharging sewage from the vessel and making false statements.

Byler was originally scheduled to be sentenced in March, but that was postponed due to his request for more time to get ready for sentencing.

In May, the sentencing was again postponed when Byler asked for and was granted a new attorney.

In June, Byler was granted a 60-day continuance with a deadline of Monday to file a request for a new trial.

Byler’s attorney, John Cashion, filed the motion for a new trial on Monday along with a request for an evidentiary hearing “to develop the factual record” about some governmental communications. 

Contact the Daily Mirror at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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