ME: Greenfield poacher gets a year in prison after pleading guilty to 30 charges
July 9, 2013
By Bill Trotter, BangorDailyNews.com
BANGOR, Maine — A Greenfield man facing multiple hunting-related
violations pleaded guilty Monday in Penobscot County Superior Court
to more than 30 criminal charges.
Adam Webber, 28, was
facing 27 charges in Penobscot County and 25 charges in Hancock
County, according to court records. Of the combined charges, 32 were
for hunting-related violations including multiple counts each of
night hunting, illuminating wildlife, having a loaded gun in a
vehicle, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, hunting on
Sunday and hunting or possessing deer during a closed season.
According to Lacher, Webber pleaded guilty Monday to 31 of the total
52 charges he faced, while the rest were dismissed as part of a plea
agreement worked out between prosecutors and Webber’s defense
attorney, Eugene Sullivan. As a result of the 31 convictions, most
of which were misdemeanors, Webber was sentenced to serve three
years in prison with all but one year suspended and two subsequent
years of probation. He also was ordered to pay approximately $17,000
in fines and restitution of up to $300.
charges that Webber faced in Penobscot County as a result of the
same warden service investigation include receiving stolen property,
criminal simulation (removal or altering a serial number), operating
a motor vehicle after revocation, unlawful trafficking of scheduled
drugs, unlawful possession of drugs, indecent conduct and disorderly
Webber was convicted of felony burglary in 2003.
Aside from the poaching, incidents that led to some of the charges
that he pleaded guilty to on Monday include the sale by Webber of 15
Vicodin pills in November 2012 and an intentional act of vandalism
to his girlfriend’s car, the prosecutor said.
Webber and two
other men, his brother Shane Webber, 30, and Tobin White, 38, both
of Greenfield, are believed to have committed many of the acts
together, according to Lacher. Three stolen Jeeps allegedly were
found in their possession in February 2013, including one that was
taken from Lucerne Auto Sales in 2010, she said. The criminal
simulation charges — one filed against Adam Webber and another filed
against White — stem from attempts to alter the Jeep vehicle
All three men were charged with
receiving stolen property in connection with the stolen Jeeps but
none of the men was charged with stealing the vehicles.
Shane Webber is facing four counts of receiving stolen property and
criminal simulation. White is facing 28 charges, including
possession of an untagged bobcat and multiple counts of possession
of an unregistered deer, night hunting, illuminating wildlife,
hunting or possessing deer during a closed season and possession of
Other criminal charges White faces include
criminal simulation, operating a motor vehicle after suspension,
unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs and 11 counts of
receiving stolen property.
More and more often, people who
face other serious charges are committing fish and game violations,
Lt. Dan Scott of the Maine Warden Service said, and wardens are
coming across more extensive patterns of illegal hunting.
People who routinely violate hunting laws, he said, essentially
are stealing public resources from other Maine residents.
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