Six of the seven former gas pipeline workers implicated in a
poaching incident in Wyoming County just days before the start of
last year's deer season were sentenced Friday.
face a $1,000 fine, $1,600 restitution to be made to the
Pennsylvania Game Commission and a five-year ban on hunting or
application for a hunting license in the Commonwealth.
Wyoming County President Judge Russell Shurtleff handed down the
sentences Friday immediately after allowing five of the six to each
plead guilty to a lone misdemeanor count of unlawful killing or
taking of big game in a closed season.
Timothy A. Barnett,
26, formerly of Imboden, Ark, but now of Loganton, and the alleged
ringleader of the incident involving six men from Louisiana, pleaded
guilty in June. Those pleading Thursday and immediately sentenced
afterward included Jonathon Aden, 23; Robert Sauls, 32; and Steve
Ware, 59, all of Oakdale, La.; along with James Lowe, 32, of Pitkin,
La.; Weldon Thibodeaux, 36, of Deville, La.
Sauls and Ware
were each charged with two felony counts and four misdemeanor counts
of unlawful killing of big game in a closed season, while the other
four each faced an additional felony count for activity that is
alleged to have happened last November.
two more men - Sauls and Ware - were implicated, arrested and
charged after the WCOs witnessed additional deer carcasses.
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