IL: Gauley tagged for illegal hunting
Gauley tagged for illegal hunting
Mar 15, 2011
Aledo, Ill. — The Mercer County State's Attorney's office filed a
21-count Information on Monday, March 14, 2011, for the illegal taking of
deer and wildlife by James A. Gauley, 23, of Aledo.
The alleged acts took place in Mercer County between December 2008 and
January 2011. Five of the counts are felonies for multiple allegations of
illegal possession of deer. In total, the defendant is accused of having
illegal possession of 12 deer on different occasions throughout that time
span as well as other protected species. The public is asked to report any
observation of illegal hunting to the Department of Natural Resources.
According to Captain Gregory P. Hunter of the Illinois Department of
Natural Resources in Sterling, this is one of the most serious cases ever
uncovered in Northern Illinois.
Assistant State's Attorney Meeghan Lee noted the outstanding work of
Conservation Police Officer Laura Petreikis in spending hundreds of hours in
this wide ranging investigation. Through the hard work and dedications of
Officer Petreikis, Department of Natural Resources has uncovered some of the
most egregious forms of illegal taking.
The 21-count information filed not only includes the taking of deer
(antlered, antlerless and does), but one count is for taking a protected
species Blue Heron, another for taking rabbit during closed season, another
for using a fraudulent deer permit, two counts of taking deer unlawfully
with the use of a motor vehicle (shooting from inside a vehicle on the
roadway) and falsifying documents pertaining to harvest record (using
For the Class 3 felony, Gauley could face between three to seven years in
the state prison and the multiple Class 4 felonies can range from one to
three years in state prison. Each misdemeanor can result in up to a year in
the county jail.
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