UPDATE: TX Man Sentenced to 41 Months in Federal Prison For Illegal Trafficking of Wildlife
_–Chad Love _ Remember that massive Kansas poaching case from last fall and the subsequent story that guilty pleas were...
Sentencing for the main players in the case are now being handed down…from this story in the Houston Chronicle:
A Texas man who ran a hunting camp in southern Kansas has been sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for conspiracy and illegally trafficking in wildlife. Prosecutors had accused 42-year-old James Bobby Butler Jr. and his brother, Marlin Butler, of offering guided hunts to hunters who paid thousands of dollars to kill deer illegally.
_James Butler was the owner and his brother was a guide at Camp Lone Star in Coldwater, south of Wichita. The brothers, both from Martinsville, Texas, pleaded guilty earlier to breaking a federal law barring interstate transport of wildlife taken in violation of state laws. James Butler was sentenced Tuesday. His brother will be sentenced Friday. Prosecutors said hunters guided by the Butlers killed deer in excess of annual limits, hunted without permits and used illegal equipment and methods, including spotlighting.
Thoughts? Punishment fit the crime?