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When we served the arrest warrant on the
charges, Sam had more illegal drugs in
his possession, which caused me to file
additional charges.
Sam eventually pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts for poaching and drug
possession, agreeing to serve a one-year
probationary sentence in exchange for
his guilty pleas, but it wasn't long until
he was caught violating his probation and
was sent to prison.
Later that same year, I received information that Sam had been shooting rabbits out the window of his home, within
a safety zone. I served another search
warrant and seized the firearm and several
rabbits that were taken out of season, and
filed several citations.
Then, I drove up on Sam in the act of
poaching deer. Because three deer were
involved, plus the fact Sam already had
been convicted of poaching, multiple
charges were involved, including two firstdegree misdemeanors.
Sam's agreement required he plead
guilty to the most-serious charges. Though
he initially avoided a jail sentence, he
again violated his probation and ended
up in prison.
The next year, it seemed clear Sam was
continuing to poach deer, and we launched
yet another in-depth investigation. Because

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his hunting privileges had been revoked,
any deer he killed or possessed would be
over his season limit of zero.
Multiple leads were run down and
many people were interviewed over the
next few months, and evidence continued
to pile up.
Meanwhile, Sam moved to a neighboring county, where a search warrant
executed at his new residence resulted in
multiple deer antlers and a variety of illegal
drugs being seized. Since he still was on
probation at the time from his previous
conviction, his probation officer took him
directly to prison.
Because this was Sam's third time
being charged for serious big-game violations, he was charged with a felony for
each of the five new illegal deer, and additional charges were filed for a host of other
game-law violations and drug offenses.
He ended up pleading guilty to one of
the felonies. In total, he spent about a year
in prison, was ordered to pay substantial
fines and court costs, and his hunting
privileges are revoked for decades.
While felony convictions and jail sentences might be rare for game-law violations, the extreme nature of Sam's repeated
offenses were rare, as well.
Fittingly, he ended up being punished
like a criminal.



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