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PA - Somerset County Trio Plead Guilty to Wildlife Violations

Somerset County Trio Plead Guilty to Wildlife Violations
March 27, 2008 9:39 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

Following a lengthy undercover investigation, three Somerset County individuals pled guilty to a variety of Game and Wildlife Code violations, involving deer, bear and ruffed grouse. Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Brian Witherite filed all of the charges before District Judge Douglas Bell, Meyersdale.

Those individuals who pled guilty were Terry J. Holler, 52, of Boynton, Lee W. Prickrel, 22, of Salisbury, and Riley M. Sines, 24, of Salisbury.

The investigation began when information was provided about Holler illegally selling deer meat and bear gall bladders. While conducting an undercover investigation into these allegations, further information was obtained about Prickrel and Sines illegally killing deer and ruffed grouse.

Based on the information, on Sept. 29, the opening morning of the 2007 archery season, WCO Witherite and Deputy WCO Jeremy Coughenour apprehended Prickrel and Sines hunting over a baited area. Witherite and Coughenour discovered an untagged, eight-point antlered deer laying on the ground nearby and, after further investigation, uncovered a videotape of the hunt that showed the deer being shot by Prickrel while the deer was standing on the bait pile in the woods.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Game Commission.

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