This Might Be the Most Creative Poaching Sentence

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By USDA photo by Scott Bauer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Is this the most creative poaching sentence ever? The poaching sentence orders 34-year old John Walker Drinnon to spend every weekend of hunting season — beginning on Dec. 30, 2017 — in the Grayson County jail for the next five years. He will also serve five years of probation and pay $18,048.10 in civil restitution for the deer.

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This story begins during the fall of 2016 when photos of Drinnon and the deer surfaced. He initially claimed to have killed the buck on public hunting land in Oklahoma, which was quickly found to be untrue when game wardens obtained a game camera image. This photo showed the deer on public land in Texas. The wardens were then able to build a case against Drinnon and eventually, he confessed. Drinnon pleaded guilty on Oct. 12 to a felony charge of taking a white-tailed deer without landowner consent. In that plea, Drinnon admitted to killing the 19-point, 202 inch, white-tailed buck with a rifle (Grayson County is an archery-only county) while trespassing on private property.

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