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$5,000 fine, 10 days jail for Elko deer poacher

September 8, 2011

From CHRON.com

RENO, Nev. (AP) A 27-year-old Nevada man convicted in the illegal killing two mule bucks in a remote part of eastern Pershing County has been fined more than $5,000 and sentenced to 10 days in jail.

Matthew J. Jones also faces three years of probation. The former Lovelock man now living in Elko is banned from hunting, fishing or trapping in Nevada and 32 other states.

Chief Game Warden Rob Buonamici says Jones and a teenage hunter killed a small buck but walked away from it, leaving it to waste last October.

Buonamici says the pair bagged a second much larger buck two days later. He called the case "sickening."

In addition to the penalties, Jones forfeits a Kawasaki Prairie ATV, a Savage .243 rifle and a digital camera seized at the scene.

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