January 17, 2015

From HibbingMN.com

AITKIN COUNTY — Four Minnesota men pled guilty to a 2013 deer poaching case.

Jacob L. Sandberg of Crystal, and Nathan C. Lindgren and Zachary W. Pike, both of McGregor, pleaded guilty to various gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor hunting charges.

Sandberg, 25, was convicted of two gross misdemeanors; unlawful transportation of wild animals and using artificial lights to spot, locate or take wild animals. Sandberg also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of taking a wild animal with a firearm from a motor vehicle. He received fines, restitution and court costs of $3,162.

Lindgren, 20, was convicted of a gross misdemeanor for using artificial lights to spot, locate or take a wild animal — possessing a firearm, bow or other — as well as a misdemeanor for unlawful party hunting. He received fines, restitution and court costs totaling $2,587.

Pike, 19, was convicted of gross misdemeanors of unlawful transportation of wild animals and taking a wild animal with a firearm from a motor vehicle.

Pike received fines, restitution and court costs of $2,567.

Taylor N. Busse, 19, will pay joint restitution of $2,000 for the four illegally killed deer. Restitution is $500 per deer in Minnesota.

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