Two hunters from Bristol, Tenn. lost their hunting and trapping
privileges for life due to convictions stemming from illegal deer
hunting in 2008, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
Sullivan County Criminal Court records indicate that last October,
Michael David Stinnett, 51, pleaded no contest and Sidney “Buck” Nixon,”
69, pleaded guilty to charges of Possession of a firearm during archery
season and theft under $500. A plea agreement dismissed felony charges
of tampering with evidence. The pair were under investigation for other
wildlife and criminal violations but not charged.
Circuit Court Judge R. Jerry Beck assessed both men $970 in fines and
court costs, and suspended jail terms of 11 months 29 days for the
convictions, and 30 days for the theft convictions. Their rights to hunt
and trap in Tennessee were revoked for the rest of their lives, and
potentially extends to thirty-five other states participating in the
Wildlife Violators Compact. Nixon received supervised probation while
Stinnett’s attorney filed for and received pretrial diversion. The pair
also forfeited a .22 caliber rifle, a .17 caliber rifle and a crossbow
to the TWRA.
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