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NV: Three sentenced in Elko County elk poaching

May 23, 2017


ELKO – A “bizarre” poaching case that spanned three states has concluded with the sentencing of three people, according to the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

Amy Jo Summers, 42, was sentenced May 15 for gross misdemeanor willful possession of unlawfully killed big game. She was ordered to pay a $500 fine plus a civil penalty of $2,000. She also forfeited a .243 caliber rifle used in the crime and a 6x6 bull elk rack. The violation carries a five-year revocation of hunting, trapping and fishing privileges in 45 states.

Steven Frank Bennett, 69, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of unlawful possession of wildlife outside a prescribed season in Elko Justice Court on April 14. He was assessed a $250 fine and $105 in administrative fees.

Bennett also plead no contest in Box Elder County District Court on March 6 for two misdemeanors for “wanton destruction of protected wildlife” in the killing of two more bull elk outside his authorized hunting area. He received a 365-day suspended sentence per charge, fines and surcharges of $898, and was ordered to pay restitution of $16,000 to the Help Stop Poaching Fund, and to perform 40 hours of community service.

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