PA: First felony poaching charge filed against Lebanon County hunter
First felony poaching charge filed against Lebanon County hunter
January 20, 2011
A Bethel, Lebanon County man was charged with felony poaching charges
after being accused of killing seven deer in 2010 and four in 2009, said the
Pennsylvania Game Commission this week.
William M. Kirkwood, 50, of Camp Strauss Road, Bethel, is the first
person to be charged with felony poaching counts under new Game and Wildlife
Code penalties that took effect in September, the Game Commission said.
He was also charged with fleeing an officer and trespassing, and could be
sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and $64,000 in fines, said the Game
Commission. Charges were filed with District Judge Michael Smith on Tuesday.
His brother, Theodore P. Kirkwood, 54, of Heilmandale Road, was charged
with aiding and abetting his brother, fleeing an officer and trespassing,
said the game commission. He faces total fines and penalties of up to $5,000
and nine months in prison.
The illegal deer kills occurred on the property of the Greater Lebanon
Refuse Authority landfill, where witnesses reported seeing hunters Dec. 11,
said the Game Commission.
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