Fox Chapel poacher gets high fines, house arrest

January 21, 2011

A new state law that takes wildlife poaching seriously has resulted in high fines and house arrest for an Allegheny County man described as a “notorious repeat offender.”

As a result of Thursday’s sentencing, Anthony Mark Marasco, 38, of Pittsburgh Street in Cheswick, will be the first person to be incarcerated for poaching under the new law that took effect in September.

Mr. Marasco was arrested Nov. 6 by a Pennsylvania Game Commission official. He was sentenced to pay more than $4,750 in fines and serve two, 90-day concurrent sentences after being convicted of his fourth poaching offense in 13 years

Mr. Marasco was found guilty of a variety of crimes including hunting without a license, hunting from a vehicle that was stopped along a road in Fox Chapel, and illegally exceeding the bag limit on turkeys, which are considered big game animals.

District Judge Elissa M. Lang sentenced Mr. Marasco to two 90-day concurrent sentences of house arrest. It has not been determined when his confinement will begin.

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