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April 28, 2009

Addison County Men Plead To Deer Poaching Charges

WATERBURY, VT – Six Addison County men recently pled guilty in Addison District Court to multiple deer poaching charges stemming from a deer jacking complaint on the morning of August 2, 2008 in the Town of Leicester.

The men were arrested as a result of an investigation by Vermont State Game Wardens Sgt. Don Isabelle, Dale Whitlock and Deputy Warden Rick Hedding. Deputy Warden Hedding initially responded to the complaint, and a lengthy investigation followed.

George “Niles” Devoid age 22, from Salisbury, Justin S. Billings 20, of Leicester, Wayne A. Hutchins 55, from Leicester, Scott D. Lanpher 19, of Leicester, Nathan C. Dearing 21, from Whiting, and a juvenile male from Leicester recently pled guilty to multiple deer poaching charges.

Devoid pled guilty to two counts of taking deer by illegal means, two counts of possessing deer taken by illegal means and two counts of taking deer in closed season. Devoid was fined $1,368, ordered to pay restitution of $1,000 to the Fish and Wildlife Fund and placed on probation for two years. In addition to the penalties, Devoid forfeited his rifle and a spotlight. Devoid also received a suspended jail sentence of 6-12 months.

Billings pled guilty to three counts of taking a deer by illegal means as well as his fourth charge of driving with a suspended license. Billings also received a fine of $1,000 and had to pay $1,000 restitution into the Fish and Wildlife Fund. Billings also forfeited two rifles and was placed on probation for two years. Billings also received a suspended jail sentence of 3-6 months.

The juvenile male pled guilty to three counts of possessing a deer taken in closed season, and was fined $1,258 and ordered to pay $1,000 restitution into the Fish and Wildlife fund. He also forfeited a rifle and was placed on probation for two years and received a suspended jail sentence of 3-6 months.

Lanpher pled guilty to one count of possession of an illegal deer. He was fined $611 and also ordered to pay $1,000 restitution into the Fish and Wildlife fund.

Dearing pled guilty to three counts of possessing a deer taken in closed season. He was fined $798.00 and forfeited a rifle.

Hutchins pled guilty to one count of possessing a deer taken in closed season. He was fined $496.00.

In addition to the penalties and the forfeiture of the firearms all the men will lose their privileges to hunt, fish and trap in Vermont for a period of three years.

Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: April 28, 2009 11:52:01