MN: Hunter accused of poaching trophy buck gets jail time in plea deal
March 19, 2010
Hunter accused of poaching trophy buck gets jail time in plea deal
The Cannon Falls man charged with poaching a world-record white-tailed
buck on Halloween in Goodhue County also loses his hunting privileges for
RED WING, MINN. — A Cannon Falls man accused of poaching a world-record
8-point white-tailed buck on Halloween in Goodhue County pleaded guilty
Thursday to three charges and will go to jail. Troy Alan Reinke, 32,
admitted in District Court to a gross misdemeanor for illegally possessing
the trophy buck, and to misdemeanors for failing to register a doe he shot
earlier in October with his bow, and also for killing a smaller buck with
his bow in excess of his limit.
About a dozen other charges were dismissed.
The poaching admissions put Reinke in violation of his parole from an
earlier domestic assault conviction. Crediting him for 120 days served in
that case, Judge Thomas Bibus sentenced Reinke to 245 days in jail -- a year
Reinke also loses his big- and small-game hunting privileges for five
years, and must pay $1,500 in restitution and $500 in court costs. The rack
of the trophy animal will go to the DNR enforcement division, and Reinke
must forfeit his bow.
Reinke "realizes he's a demon in the hunting community," said his
attorney, public defender Tim Dillon of Cannon Falls.
Asked whether he was happy with the deal his office cut with Reinke,
Assistant County Attorney Dave Grove said, "Quite.''.
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