MD: Western Maryland Poacher Loses Guns, Hunting Privilege
April 7, 2010
Western Md. Poacher Loses Guns, Hunting Privilege
CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) A Cumberland man has agreed to give up his guns and
five years of hunting privileges to settle poaching charges.
Fifty-four-year-old Dennis Bittinger pleaded guilty Tuesday in Allegany
County District Court to one count each of possessing an assault pistol,
falsifying a public record and exceeding the white-tailed deer bag limit.
Prosecutors dropped 19 other charges
Bittinger was placed on three years of unsupervised probation and ordered
to pay a total of $2,400 in fines and restitution for illegally killing five
deer, 40 trout and a wild turkey.
He forfeited the two rifles and two handguns used in the crimes.
Twenty-four other weapons were transferred to relatives because Bittinger's
domestic violence conviction in West Virginia precludes him from owning guns.
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