May 18, 2015

From GreatFallsTribune.com

HELENA – Five Washington state men have been stripped of hunting privileges in Montana for five years and ordered to pay $41,000 in fines and restitution for their role in illegally shooting trophy elk in a closed hunting district on the Rocky Mountain Front and failing to check them at a game station.

Robert MacMillan Jr. and Robert MacMillan Sr. appeared before Justice of the Peace Michael Swingley in Lewis and Clark County Justice Court on Friday, when they were sentenced after entering plea agreements.

Robert Church entered his plea via video teleconference. Brent Schiller and Ken Mills previously were sentenced.

The men were charged in connection with shooting six bull elk — five of them trophy size — on the Cobb Ranch near Augusta.

MacMillan Jr. pleaded guilty to failure to stop and report at a check station, hunting during closed season and unlawful possession, all misdemeanors. He was fined $2,085 and order to pay $8,000 in restitution.

MacMillan Sr. pleaded guilty to misdemeanor failure to stop and report at a check station, hunting during a closed season, also a misdemeanor, and felony unlawful possession of a bull elk. He was fined $4,085 and order to pay $10,000 in restitution.

Church pleaded guilty to failure to stop and report at a check station, hunting during a closed season, unlawful possession and hunting over the limit. He was fined $3,585 and order to pay $1,500 in restitution.

In addition to the fines, the men can’t hunt in Montana for five years.

Schiller was previously fined $2,085, and Mills, $2,050.

Each man was ordered to pay $8,000 in restitution.

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