May 20, 2015


HAMILTON – Richard Sublette will serve jail time, pay restitution and lose his hunting privileges after pleading guilty to his part in what’s been called the largest bear poaching case in state history.

In addition to Sublette, Kyle L. Whyard pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor charges in January and James “Jimmy” Harrison was charged with five felonies.

Sublette pleaded guilty Monday to unlawful possession of a large game animal, reporting a false kill site, and accountability for waste of game.

Sublette was sentenced to 180 days in jail, with 173 suspended. Sublette must pay $1,705 in fines and $2,000 in restitution. He lost his hunting privileges for five years and forfeited the bear he killed and kept during the poaching spree. Sublette will be on 18 months probation.


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