Pennsylvania Game News - July 2017 - 42
From left to right, WCOs Chris Bergman, Mike Yeck, Dan Sitler and Rich Joyce, and Law Enforcement
Supervisor Scott Tomlinson, stand in front of the mounts and guns confiscated in the 2014-15 case.
were taken unlawfully.
It was a lot of evidence to collect, mark
and place into storage. It took a lot of hard
work by many officers to get the job done.
In addition to WCO Joyce and me, WCOs
and deputies from Washington, Beaver
and Allegheny counties assisted in this
investigation and seizure.
Trailer loads of evidence were transported to the Game Commission's Southwest Region Office and secured.
It took about a year for the dozens of
charges filed in the case to be resolved
But the man was convicted of four
second-degree felony counts and one firstdegree misdemeanor count for unlawfully possessing firearms; two ungraded
misdemeanor counts and one first-degree
misdemeanor count of buying and selling
game; and 20 summary counts of buying
and selling game.
In all, he was sentenced to serve eight
years on probation, including two years
on house arrest, and pay $7,000 in fines,
plus court costs. Additionally, the judge
ordered him to forfeit all mounts and
firearms seized through the execution of
the search warrants, and return the $1,000
the undercover officer used to purchase
the turkey mount and Browning shotgun.
For this case, the man also will lose
his hunting and trapping privileges for 26
years - although this license revocation
won't begin until 2028; after his existing
period of license revocation for earlier
charges has ended.
This case started with one guy who
cared enough to make a phone call and it
came to a successful conclusion because
of the hard work and dedication of all the
Game Commission officers involved.