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LA - Illegal hunting charges leads to felon's court appearance

Illegal hunting charges leads to man’s court appearance

June 5, 2008
The News Star.com Staff report

A West Monroe man has been sentenced in 4th Judicial District Court for hunting deer during illegal hours and hunting from a moving vehicle.

Johnny Jack Thompson, 22, was ordered by Judge Charles A. Traylor to pay a fine of $1,200 on both charges, which included court costs.

Thompson and Jerry L. Thrasher, 21, also of West Monroe, were arrested Jan. 10 after a Ouachita Parish sheriff’s deputy observed night hunting activity on Toney Bayou road south of West Monroe. Deputies tried to stop the vehicle, but a chase ensued with the vehicle finally stopping on Interstate 20.

State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents were called to scene following the stop. A spotlight and a 30/06-caliber rifle were found in the vehicle.

Thrasher’s court appearance is set for a later date on the hunting charges and an additional charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Thompson was sentenced May 29, according to a LDWF news release.  

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