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Poachers spared lock-up; there’s no room in jail

October 8, 2011

By Karen McCowan, RegisterGuard.com

The Oct. 1 start of Oregon’s deer hunting season was supposed to start “jail season” for a Springfield father and son convicted of leading the state’s largest-­ever deer poaching ring.

But Rory Donoho, 60, and Shane Donoho, 37, weren’t locked up for even one day because of limited capacity at the Lane County Jail.

The two were sentenced in July to begin 90-day jail sentences on the first day of hunting season in each of the next four years for illegally killing more than 300 deer, then trying to hide the poaching by wrongfully obtaining hunting tags issued to other people.

Shane pleaded guilty to 82 criminal counts and Rory Donoho pleaded guilty to
57 criminal counts related to the poaching scheme.

Carlson also stripped both men of their hunting privileges for life and placed each on five years of supervised probation.

He ordered Rory Donoho to pay $20,000 in restitution to the state and Shane Donoho to pay $42,000 in restitution to the state.

The judge also ordered Shane Donoho, who allegedly led eight others convicted in the poaching ring, to perform 400 hours of community service such as speaking to hunting groups and Boy Scout troops about his crimes.

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