TN: Celebrity hunter William “Spook” Spann arrested again
February 24, 2014
Celebrity hunter and former television show host William “Spook”
Spann and his wife Marty Spann were arrested Friday for allegedly
destroying or tampering with evidence, according to the 24th
Judicial District District Attorney’s Office.
Spann was the
host of the TV hunting show “Spook Nation,” which aired on the
A cell phone reported lost by the couple
had purported evidence that Spann violated his probation by hunting,
according to documents from the district attorney’s office.
Spann had previously been banned from the sport for a 2012 charge
for illegally hunting in Kansas and then was charged later with
violating his probation.
The office also states that the
Spanns “intentionally submitted a false or fraudulent claim” to
Asurion Insurance for the lost phone, which contained evidence of
illegal hunting activity.
In November 2012, Spann pleaded
guilty to a 2007 violation of the Lacey Act, when he transported an
illegally tagged buck from Kansas to Tennessee. Spann had permission
to hunt the property where he killed the giant buck, but he did not
have the proper license. Kansas issues “hunt own land” deer permits
to nonresidents who own or lease property in the state.
July last year, a U.S. Magistrate judge found that Spann had
violated the terms of his plea agreement that banned him from
hunting for six months. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail
and was banned from hunting anywhere in the world for a year.
If convicted of the recent charges, the Spanns could face between
three and 15 years imprisonment and a fine up to $10,000.
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