Hamilton, Mont. (AP) – A western Montana man will lose his
hunting privileges for three years but avoid jail time after
pleading guilty to felony poaching.
The Ravalli Republic reports a Ravalli County judge also ordered
28-year-old Justin Davis earlier this week to pay $4,000 in
restitution for his role in illegally killing a deer last October.
But the judge deferred a three-year jail sentence.
Prosecutors dropped other charges against Davis in exchange for
his guilty plea in July.
State wildlife managers say they started to investigate Davis
and another hunter, Michael Gates, last year after a concerned
citizen reported Gates had sent out mass text messages from his
phone with pictures of the trophy mule deer.
Davis has also pleaded guilty in the case, but his Thursday
sentencing was postponed.