OR: 8 convicted and sentenced for illegal game hunts in Routt County
April 17, 2013
DENVER — Eight men from three states have been convicted and
sentenced for participating in illegal game hunts.
Parks and Wildlife officials announced that Ole Thorson, his
brother, Travis, and their father, Jerome, all of Prescott,
Michigan, pleaded guilty last month to charges stemming from the
illegal hunts in Routt County.
Two Bailey, Colorado,
residents, Tim Oestmann and Andrew Oestmann, pleaded guilty to
illegal transfer of a hunting license. Three others from Michigan
and Indiana also pleaded guilty to illegal license transfers.
Investigators say the violations included the illegal killing of at
least three bull elk, a black bear and a bobcat in Routt County.
Jerome and Travis Thorson were sentenced to two years'
probation. Travis Thorson also was ordered to pay $14,000 in fines
and court costs.
Ole Thorson was sentenced to a 30-day jail
term, five years' probation and $11,200 in court costs. He also was
ordered to donate $2,500 to Operation Game Thief, a hotline for
The three Thorsons also face charges in
Michigan that include possession of an illegal silencer, animal
cruelty and the illegal taking of otter, bobcat and mink in that
state, The Denver Post reported.
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