June 6, 2014

From Trib.com

A federal judge handed down probation sentences in Casper on Friday to three members of a Newcastle ranching family for participating in the illegal sale of landowner hunting licenses.

Donald Wayne Rawhouser and his sons Timothy Charles Rawhouser and Randy Joe Rawhouser each entered into plea agreements to have additional charges dismissed.

The case dates to 2010 and originates from a lengthy undercover investigation that revealed a number of alleged wildlife violations.

Timothy Rawhouser pleaded guilty to falsifying wildlife records, a misdemeanor. He received six months of supervised probation and a $1,000 fine, to be paid to the Lacey Act Reward Fund.

Randy Rawhouser pleaded guilty to attempting to aid and abet wildlife trafficking, also a misdemeanor. He received six months of supervised probation and a $2,500 fine.

Donald Rawhouser pleaded guilty to wildlife trafficking and aiding and abetting, a felony. He received one year of probation and a $5,000 fine.

Each man was also ordered to pay $6,000 in restitution to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Donald Rawhouser will no longer be permitted to own or be around firearms.
Timothy and Randy Rawhouser are forbidden from applying for hunting licenses in the next six years.

Another defendant in the case, Rodney Muller, of Nebraska, was sentenced in May to one year of supervised probation and ordered to pay restitution.

Muller pleaded guilty to wildlife trafficking and aiding and abetting.

Muller transported a bull elk across state lines in 2009 with knowledge it had been poached.

James William Lewis, entered into a plea agreement and pleaded guilty to falsifying wildlife records. His sentencing is set for June 19.

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