ALEDO, Ill. - An Aledo man who pleaded guilty to 27 misdemeanor
counts in an illegal hunting case has been banned from hunting in
Illinois for 15 years.
James Gauley, 24, was charged in March. He originally faced multiple
Class 3 and Class 4 felonies, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charges
Tuesday in Mercer County Circuit Court under a negotiated plea.
In addition to the hunting ban, Gauley also was placed on probation
for 24 months, sentenced to 179 days in jail and fined nearly $14,000,
with $10,000 of that going to the Illinois Conservation Foundation.
At the time of his arrest, state conservation officials called it one
of the most serious illegal hunting cases in northern Illinois.
Gauley was accused of unlawfully taking deer and other wildlife
between December 2008 and January 2011. In total, he was alleged to have
illegal possession of 12 deer and other protected species through the
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