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OH - Hunting crimes earn jail time, fines

Jan 25, 2007
By Bevin Peppard, T-F staff

MARION -- Five area men accused in more than 100 wildlife violations pleaded no contest Tuesday to their crimes and were sentenced in Marion Municipal Court.

All five appeared before Judge Teresa Ballinger for arraignment on numerous misdemeanor charges including poaching violations, fraudulent hunting licenses and tagging violations. Each pleaded no contest to their charges.

"A plea of no contest is not an admission of guilt, but it is an admission of the facts alleged in the ticket or the complaint," Ballinger told them.

In all, the defendants -- David Jones, Robert Freeman, Dustin Freeman, David McKinley and Joshua Stone -- will pay $11,000 in fines and nearly $7,000 in restitution to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for the animals they illegally killed. While all five have had their hunting privileges suspended and were placed on community controlled sanctions, three of the men were sentenced to 60 days jail time.

Upon completion of their arraignments, Ballinger moved to the sentencing portion of the case. The judge requested and accepted sentencing recommendations from City Law Director Mark Russell, who worked in conjunction with Wildlife Officer Bill Runnels with the Division of Wildlife on the case.

"From what I've been told, that's a significant amount compared to other cases throughout the state," Russell said when asked later if the sentences imposed were appropriate for the crimes committed. For the 114 wildlife violations, the men faced a possible sentence of nearly 42 years in jail and $90,000 in fines.

He said it is important to note that none of the charges brought against the men were dropped and that he requested their sentences run consecutively.

"If they violate (probation) we've got an enormous amount of time we can impose," he said.

He considered losing hunting privileges a serious consequence.

"To hunters, that's an equal hit compared to jail time," he said.

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