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October 20, 2009

Brownsville Man Sentenced After Violating Lifetime Hunting Suspension

BROWNSVILLE, Ore. -- A Brownsville-area man will spend the next 10 months in jail for violating his lifetime hunting suspension. Last week, Raymond Edward Hillsman, 58, was sentenced after the Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division completed its investigation that began in January 2009.

The most recent of Hillsman's crimes happened when Linn County deputies responded to a tresspassing call where Hillsman was retreiving his hunting beagles in Brownsville. When deputies arrived, they found a shotgun and ammunition in his vehicle. They arrested him for Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Criminal Trespass with a Firearm. Soon after that, OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers served a search warrant at Hillsman's residence where he was later charged with Violation of a Lifetime Hunting Suspension.

Hillsman has a prior record of hunting-related crimes. He is a convicted felon from a 1999 racketeering conviction and was also convicted of hunting bears with dogs, illegal bear killing and selling bear gall bladders. The OSP Fish & Wildlife Division began an investigation in January 2009 where Hillsman was allegedly hunting rabbits with his beagles on neighboring private timber land.

After serving his jail sentence, the Linn County Sheriff's Department says Hillsman will be placed on 36 months supervised probation with restrictions not to possess any game meat or any part of game mammal or fur-bearing mammal; not to engage in any kind of hunting or be with anyone who is hunting; and, not to train any dogs for hunting or live with anyone who owns dogs for hunting.

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