February 24, 2014

From Tennessean.com

Celebrity hunter and former television show host William “Spook” Spann and his wife Marty Spann were arrested Friday for allegedly destroying or tampering with evidence, according to the 24th Judicial District District Attorney’s Office.

Spann was the host of the TV hunting show “Spook Nation,” which aired on the Pursuit Channel.

A cell phone reported lost by the couple had purported evidence that Spann violated his probation by hunting, according to documents from the district attorney’s office.

Spann had previously been banned from the sport for a 2012 charge for illegally hunting in Kansas and then was charged later with violating his probation.

The office also states that the Spanns “intentionally submitted a false or fraudulent claim” to Asurion Insurance for the lost phone, which contained evidence of illegal hunting activity.

In November 2012, Spann pleaded guilty to a 2007 violation of the Lacey Act, when he transported an illegally tagged buck from Kansas to Tennessee. Spann had permission to hunt the property where he killed the giant buck, but he did not have the proper license. Kansas issues “hunt own land” deer permits to nonresidents who own or lease property in the state.

In July last year, a U.S. Magistrate judge found that Spann had violated the terms of his plea agreement that banned him from hunting for six months. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and was banned from hunting anywhere in the world for a year.

If convicted of the recent charges, the Spanns could face between three and 15 years imprisonment and a fine up to $10,000.


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