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TN: man who sold wild game is banned for life from hunting in 30 states

October 20, 2009

Nashville man who sold wild game is banned for life from hunting in 30 states


A Nashville man convicted of illegally selling wild game he'd killed will be banned for life from hunting in Tennessee and 29 other states under the terms of a plea agreement.

Randy Charles Lindsey, 41, will also serve one year of probation for pleading guilty to state charges of unlawfully selling wild game. Authorities said he sold whitetail deer and cottontail rabbits he'd shot to an undercover agent four separate times in 2008, authorities said.

It is a misdemeanor crime to sell wild game without a specialized commercial license in Tennessee, said Assistant District Attorney General Robert T. Homlar, who prosecuted Lindsey's case.

Last week, Lindsey pleaded guilty to an additional federal felony charge of selling migratory birds. He was accused of selling several hundred mourning doves to undercover agents.

Convictions of violating federal laws barring the sale of migratory birds can carry prison sentences of up to 2 years. Under the terms of a federal plea agreement, prosecutors are recommending probation or a sentence of no more than six months in jail for Lindsey. A federal judge will sentence him on that case in January.

As a convicted felon, he will be barred from carrying, or hunting with, a firearm. On top of that, the state ban will prohibit him from fishing or hunting with a bow. The ban extends to 29 other states that are part of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.

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