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Deer poachers lose hunting privileges for life

November 2, 2011

From TriCities.com

Two hunters from Bristol, Tenn. lost their hunting and trapping privileges for life due to convictions stemming from illegal deer hunting in 2008, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Sullivan County Criminal Court records indicate that last October, Michael David Stinnett, 51, pleaded no contest and Sidney “Buck” Nixon,” 69, pleaded guilty to charges of Possession of a firearm during archery season and theft under $500. A plea agreement dismissed felony charges of tampering with evidence. The pair were under investigation for other wildlife and criminal violations but not charged.

Circuit Court Judge R. Jerry Beck assessed both men $970 in fines and court costs, and suspended jail terms of 11 months 29 days for the wildlife
convictions, and 30 days for the theft convictions. Their rights to hunt
and trap in Tennessee were revoked for the rest of their lives, and potentially extends to thirty-five other states participating in the Wildlife Violators Compact. Nixon received supervised probation while Stinnett’s attorney filed for and received pretrial diversion. The pair also forfeited a .22 caliber rifle, a .17 caliber rifle and a crossbow to the TWRA.

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