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MS - Convicted Felon sentenced for illegal hunting

Man sentenced for illegal hunting

Associated Press - June 6, 2008 8:04 AM ET

MONROE, La. (AP) - A 22-year-old West Monroe man has been sentenced for hunting deer during illegal hours and hunting from a moving vehicle.

Johnny Jack Thompson was ordered a state judge to pay a fine of $1,200 on both charges, which included court costs.

Authorities say Thompson and 21-year-old Jerry L. Thrasher, also of West Monroe, were arrested January 10 after a Ouachita Parish sheriff's deputy observed night hunting activity 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 the 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.  

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