TN: Deer Poacher Jailed For Illegal Hunting
Deer Poacher Jailed For Illegal Hunting At Enterprise South Judge Cites
Dangers Of Firing High-Powered Weapon Near VW Plant
December 8, 2010
A Dalton, Ga., man, Richard Kevin Arnold, of 1402 Vann Place, was given
maximum sentences on Wednesday in the Hamilton County General Sessions Court
for hunting without a license, without fluorescent orange, in a closed
season and for refusing inspection. He was arrested at the new nature park
next to the Volkswagen plant at the Enterprise South Industrial Park.
According to arrest warrants filed by TWRA officer Christy Twilla, "On
Saturday, the 6th of November, Arnold, was observed hunting on the Volunteer
Army Ammunition Plant, (Enterprise South), WMA (Wildlife Management Area),
hunting without a valid license and was not wearing required hunter orange.
Subject fled when ordered to stop. Subject was hunting with a rifle (.270
caliber) during a muzzeloader only season."
During testimony, the TWRA officer said Arnold and another hunter who
escaped had discharged a high-powered rifle two or three times at a deer and
within 75 yards of a fence that surrounds the VW plant. The officer further
testified that the defendant was apprehended shortly before dark.
Before sentencing, Judge Bob Moon told Arnold, "You have violated about
every wildlife law possible pertaining to deer hunting. You have recklessly
discharged a high-powered rifle capable of injuring or killing someone
within a half-mile radius.
"Enterprise South is much more than a wildlife managed area, it is now
the hub of economic recovery and a large part of the future of this county.
Reckless conduct such as yours is a deterrent to further development of this
property by potential entrepreneurs and major corporations."
Judge Moon sentenced Arnold to the maximum of six months and a $250 fine
for hunting in a closed season. He further ordered the maximum fine of $50
plus court costs and 30 days in jail on all of the other charges.
Arnold's rifle was forfeited to the state, and the defendant's hunting
privileges were revoked for a period of two years.
Arnold testified that he had been charged previously with disorderly
conduct and assault. However, the judge said since Arnold was gainfully
employed and had a family, that he would reduce the defendant's active jail
time to 10 days. Arnold was taken into custody immediately to begin serving
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