Paul Detwiler, 28, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of
possession of firearms by a previous offender and lesser charges of
illegal possession of wildlife, prohibited taking of black bears and
The deal also requires him to return a
stolen U.S. Marine Corps uniform or face an additional criminal
Detwiler, a convicted felon, was arrested in January
after an undercover investigation by state game wardens. He was
charged with 16 counts of possession of firearms by a previous
offender, in addition to charges related to illegal possession of
the bear, deer and pronghorn.
Investigators reported that
Detwiler used illegal leg-hold traps to kill skunks, raccoons and
The plea agreement keeps Detwiler out of
prison, but he will serve time in either intensive supervised
probation or community corrections. He also must undergo a mental
health evaluation and forfeit all weapons and traps. He also is
banned from any hunting activities.
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