Maryville teens plead guilty to spotlighting, killing bear cubs
January 27, 2012
Two Maryville men face probation, fines, and community service,
after killing two bear cubs.
According to TWRA, Jesse Lee
McClellan, 18, and Corey Martin Campbell, 19, were in the Top of the
World Community of Blount County last November, when they shone a
light into the eyes of the cubs, causing them to freeze, then shot
They were charged with hunting within a closed season,
hunting from a vehicle, and spotlighting wildlife, specifically
The two appeared in a Blount County courtroom on
McClellan plead guilty to hunting within a closed
season and spotlighting wildlife. The hunting from a vehicle
charge was dismissed. He was sentenced to 6 months probation,
100 hours community service in a bear rescue or animal shelter, and
must pay $200 in restitution to TWRA and all court costs and fines.
He also lost his hunting, trapping and fishing licences for five
years and must have no contact with the Top of the World Community.
Campbell plead guilty to hunting within a closed season and
hunting from a vehicle. The spotlighting charge was dismissed.
Campbell was sentenced to 6 months probation, 150 hours community
service in a bear rescue or animal shelter, and must pay $400 in
restitution to TWRA and all court costs and fines. His weapon
was confiscated,and he also lost his hunting, trapping and fishing
licences for five years and must have no contact with the Top of the
Campbell also plead guilty to drug
possession. He was sentenced to 11 months 29 days
probation on that charge.
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