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Pair caught hunting illegally

Pair caught hunting illegally, CSPD says

Eagle Staff Report

Two men were released from jail over the weekend after authorities said they were caught poaching off Rock Prairie Road East in Brazos County.

According to court documents, Stephen Douglas Francis, 22, of Bryan was driving down the road at about 5 a.m. Saturday when a witness saw his truck stop and heard a shot fired from the truck into a nearby pasture.

Mark David Spangler, 21, of Houston then exited the truck with a handgun, jumped a fence and ran into the pasture, according to police reports.

Spangler later told authorities that he had shot at a coyote with a rifle while Francis held a flashlight. Police said Francis left the vehicle holding a .44-caliber Magnum in search of the coyote.

But before Francis returned, Spangler said, the owner of the land confronted him at his truck, prompting him to panic and speed away, leaving Francis, according to police reports.

Eventually both men were found and arrested for hunting a non-game animal from a vehicle, a Class A misdemeanor. Both men were released from jail on $4,000 bail.

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