SEMO News Service
8 January 2004
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- John W. Rogers, 42, of Caruthersville,
pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to hunting violations, in addition
to being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Authorities charged Rogers with exceeding a daily bag
limit, possession of migratory game birds in excess of a daily bag limit and
to receiving an untagged dove that was possessed and transported.
On Sept. 1, 2002, federal and state wildlife agents
observed Rogers in Pemiscot County shooting doves. They found him with 90
doves. He told them four other men had shot their limits of 12 doves each
and had given them to him. He had shot 15, which was in excess of the daily
bag limit. The doves did not have required tags listing the person who shot
them. At the time of his arrest, the agents observed Rogers shoot and
possess a Remington 12-gauge shotgun. He had been previously convicted of
felony robbery in 1992 in Shelby County, Tenn.
Rogers now faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000
fine on the firearm charge and six months in prison and a $5,000 fine on the
wildlife violations. Sentencing was set for April 6.
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