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MT: Three lose hunting privileges for poaching

November 27, 2013

From RavalliRepublic.com

Three Hamilton men have forfeited their hunting privileges after being found guilty of killing deer for the thrill of it last year.
Gabe Rinehart, 19, pleaded guilty in August to 18 misdemeanor citations that included hunting without a license, hunting after dark, using a spotlight, as well as others.
Rinehart was fined $7,580 and ordered to pay $700 in restitution to FWP. He was sentenced to 1,980 days in jail, with all but two suspended.
Rinehart also lost hunting privileges for 20 years, but may apply with the court for reinstatement after five years.
Nicholas Cropp, 19, was found guilty of eight citations in a jury trial on Oct. 24.
Cropp was required to serve 15 days of his 1,100-day sentence in jail. He was ordered to pay $4,569 in fines, $639 in jury fees, and $800 in restitution. Cropp also forfeited a .270-caliber Savage bolt-action rifle.
Cropp lost his hunting privileges for 10 years.
Jedidiah Schmitt, 19, was sentenced on Nov. 7 for two citations for illegally killing one deer following a bench trial.
He was required to pay $1,370 in fines and $300 in restitution. Schmitt lost hunting privileges for six years. He was also sentenced to 360 days in jail, with all of it suspended.

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