Hunter To Pay $23K After Illegally Killing Deer

March 1, 2011

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio — A Logan County man is required to pay nearly $24,000 in restitution after he admitted to killing a trophy white-tailed deer, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced Monday.

James C. Alspaugh, of West Mansfield, pleaded guilty to three charges, including hunting by the aid of a motor vehicle, shooting from a roadway and hunting without permission.

Alspaugh, 39, was ordered to pay more than $500 in court costs and fines and had to forfeit the deer. He also spent two days in jail.

The Ohio Department of Wildlife imposed restitution for the deer in the amount of $23,816.95.

The restitution is the largest for a poached deer ever imposed in Ohio, according to the ODNR.

State wildlife officials said that a concerned citizen contacted Ohio wildlife officers about the questionable shooting of the trophy deer in December.

Officers recovered the deer and determined that it was unlawfully taken.

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