WI: Deer hunt leads to arrest of felon
July 17, 2010
Deer hunt leads to arrest of felon
BURLINGTON - Successful deer hunting led to a criminal charge for a man
who was not allowed to have guns because of a 22-year-old felony conviction.
State law prohibits felons from ever possessing a firearm. Norman L.
Gould Jr., 50, 280 W. Chestnut St., Burlington, has a 1988 conviction for
felony child abuse, and has been hunting regularly since that time. His name
came up during a Department of Natural Resources effort to weed out felons
from the ranks of the state's hunters.
On March 27, investigators from the Racine County Sheriff's Department
and DNR came to Gould's house and asked about his hunting. Court records
state he showed them venison he had in his freezer and said he had been deer
hunting with a firearm since 1982 or 1983.
He appeared Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court on one count of
possession of a firearm by a felon, which carries the potential for five
years in prison. Gould is out of custody on a $2,000 signature bond. He is
due in court Aug. 4 for an initial hearing on the charges.
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