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POACHERS SENTENCED IN OSCEOLA FLORIDA

A recent case is indicative of Osceola County's tough sentencing standards. A man arrested by Florida Wildlife Officer John Jacobs for attempting to kill a deer at night with a spotlight and a gun paid $1,188 in fines and court costs, another $500 for a public defenders fee, he was placed on one year of supervised probation costing him $40 a month, he forfeited his rifle, and he must complete 200 hours of community service...

"Poaching and trespassing, which always increase during hunting seasons, is a costly problem for ranchers and private landowners in rural areas but especially in Osceola County because of its sprawl, its many cattle ranches, and its high number of whitetail deer...

"He outlined the case of three juveniles from Palm Beach County who were arrested in Osceola County for discharging a firearm on a state road, and taking a deer by gun and light. Both are first-degree misdemeanors. Because of their ages, the case of the juveniles was transferred to their home county.

 

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