March 2, 2015

From HJNews.com

Shelby D. Rhodes of Garland, 36, and Steven Spillett, 28, of Logan each pleaded guilty to wanton destruction of protected wildlife, a class A misdemeanor, and interference with a public servant, a class B misdemeanor.

Spillett had a similar conviction on his record from 2006, which was considered at sentencing.

Both men were given an 18-month jail sentence, with all but two days suspended. They will be on probation for 36 months and will not be allowed to hunt during that time. Each will pay the court $3,500 in fines and fees, and an additional $8,000 in restitution to be paid into the state’s Help Stop Poaching Fund, which is used to offer rewards for information.

Payment of restitution can be split between the two defendants, but it is also set up so that if one defaults, the other is responsible for the entire amount.

Rhodes and Spillett also face sanctions at the state level with penalties of up to a 10-year loss of hunting and fishing rights.

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