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Vinton man convicted of 27 trapping law violations

VINTON (AP) --- A man was convicted of 27 violations of Iowa trapping laws, state environmental officials said.

James R. Osborn, 45, of Vinton, was convicted of 18 counts of failure to have a name tag on snares, five counts of failing to have a deer lock on snares, three counts of illegal possession of raccoon and one count of illegal possession of a possum.

A Benton County judge fined him about $2,246 in fines, court costs and liquidated damages, according to a news release from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

"These violations were numerous and egregious ... ," said Benton County Attorney David Thompson. "We went into court with a very strong case and the convictions show it."

Thompson said Osborn was charged with 30 counts. He was convicted of the 27 counts after nearly fours hours of testimony and presentation of evidence, Thompson said.

Osborn will lose his trapping privileges in Iowa and 18 other states for at least three years, the DNR said.

He has 10 days to appeal the conviction.

Copyright 2005 Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier

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