MI: Hunter pleads guilty to weapons charges
June 8, 2010
Court Docket: Pinckney man pleads guilty to weapons charges
A Pinckney man pleaded guilty Friday to weapons charges in exchange for
prosecutors dismissing hunting-related violations.
Tony Steven Hildabridle, 26, pleaded guilty as a habitual offender to
being a felon in possession of a firearm in exchange for prosecutors
dismissing charges he violated the Natural Resources and Environmental
Protection Act by hunting or trapping fur-bearing animals without a license.
Police responded to a hunting complaint at about 8:15 a.m. Dec. 6 in the
area of Dexter-Pinckney Road and Sarah Drive, just south of the
Livingston-Washtenaw border. There, they said, co-defendant Jonathon Clayton
Neal was taken into custody while a companion, later identified as
Hildabridle, fled into a nearby residence.
Hildabridle had eluded capture until April.
Hildabridle faces up to life in prison when sentenced July 8, but
prosecutors agreed to recommend he serve eight months to five years in
prison. That sentence is to run consecutive to Hildabridle's current prison
Prosecutors also dismissed charges against Hildabridle for failure to
wear hunter orange, and hunting or shooting from a safety zone.
Neal was sentenced in March to two days served in the county jail and six
months of probation for pleading guilty to hunting or trapping fur-bearing
animals without a license.
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