OH: Pair plead not guilty in alleged hunting scheme
January 26, 2010
Pair plead not guilty in alleged hunting scheme
The legal troubles for the proprietors of Lethal Impact Outfitters, Elmer
and Joseph T. (Todd) Payne, keep piling on. Last Thursday, Jan. 21, the
father and son duo pleaded not guilty in Adams County Common Pleas Court to
15 counts each of breaking and entering, and engaging in a pattern of
Charged by the grand jury was Elmer Payne with 14 counts of breaking and
entering for allegedly trespassing on private land in Adams County on or
about April 30 and May 1, 2008 and Nov. 16 and 20, 2008 with the purpose to
commit a felony. He was also charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt
activity between Feb. 2, 2007 through Nov. 28, 2009, while being employed or
associated with, conducted or participated in, the affairs of an enterprise
through a pattern of corrupt activity.
Also charged was Payne's son, Joseph Todd Payne, with 14 counts of
breaking and entering for allegedly trespassing on private land in Adams
County with the purpose to commit a felony and also faces a charge of
engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity while being employed or associated
with, conducted or participated in, the affairs of an enterprise through a
pattern of corrupt activity.
In September, 2009, the Paynes pleaded guilty to several wildlife
violations filed by the Ohio Division of Wildlife, which included possession
of a dead deer not properly tagged, attaching a temporary tag to a deer
taken by another person, providing false information and hunting wild turkey
over bait. Their guilty plea resulted in one year probation, loss of hunting
privileges for one year, fines and court costs.
The Payne's are alleged to have trespassed on eight different Adams
County properties while engaged in a "hunting guiding service" for which
they charged $1,000 to $2,200 for a hunt on property for which they had no
permission to hunt.
According to Adams County Prosecutor Aaron Haslam, the breaking and
entering charges are a result of trespassing on the land or premises of said
landowner with the purpose to commit a felony. The felony is the theft of
the use of the property from the landowner and from the individuals paying
for the hunt when permission to hunt the property was not granted, as in
this case taking payment under false pretenses.
The charges are a result of an investigation conducted by the Adams
County Prosecutors Office and the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Undercover
wildlife officers, posed as hunting clientele for Lethal Impact Outfitters,
booked hunts with the outfitters and documented the illegal activity.
If found guilty, the Payne's could face one to eight years in prison -
although none of the charges carry a mandatory prison sentence. If no plea
deal is reached, a jury is expected to hear the case in late summer.
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