IL: 3 hunters plead guilty to poaching in Illinois
April 18, 2013
Galesburg Register Mail and The Associated Press
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' Department of Natural Resources
is heralding the conviction of three hunters in what it describes as
one of the state's biggest deer-poaching cases.
were arrested in 2011 on suspicion of poaching two dozen deer. All
have now pleaded guilty.
Most recently, 46-year-old
Christopher Kiernan of Minooka (mi-NUUK'-uh) pleaded guilty on April
5 in a Grundy County court to multiple charges.
On April 5,
Kiernan pleaded guilty in Grundy County to unlawfully taking four
deer — including the 36-point buck — and three counts of hunting
without permission. Kiernan was ordered to pay $10,000 in
restitution to the IDNR and fined $840. He also was banned from
hunting for two years.
Larry S. Smith, 50, Chesterfield,
Ontario, pleaded guilty in Sangamon County to falsifying hunter
harvest records and was fined $800. In Grundy County, he was ordered
to pay $2,000 in restitution and fined $300 after pleading guilty to
hunting without permission and illegal possession of a 16-point
buck. The court also ordered he could not hunt in Illinois for two
years. IDNR further suspended his hunting privileges for 25
Finally, 32-year-old Garrett L. Armstrong, of Avon,
NY, pleaded guilty in Sangamon and Grundy counties to illegally
taking two deer, three counts of hunting without permission and
falsifying hunter harvest records. He was ordered to pay $5,000 in
restitution and fined $625. He also cannot hunt for 24 months and
had a 58-month suspension imposed on his hunting privileges.
In a related case, Abingdon taxidermist Chad M. Johnson, 39, pleaded
guilty in January to three counts of failure to maintain complete
taxidermy records and failure to report harvest of a 10-point buck.
Johnson was fined $1,000 and forfeited the buck to the Illinois
Department of Natural Resources. A suspension of his taxidermy
license is pending with the IDNR.
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