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Court Erases Prison Time for Largest Deer Poaching Case in U.S. History

by PH Online Editors   |  September 14th, 2012 12

It appears two brothers who ran the largest U.S. deer poaching operation in history won’t be serving their time in prison after all.

Texas brothers James and Marlin Butler were originally sentenced in March 2011 to nearly six years combined prison time for the 120 illegally-taken deer they helped some 30 men poach in Kansas. The Butlers operated Camp Lone Star in Comanche County, and were also fined $70,000 for their exploits. However the 10th Circuit Court in Denver took issue this week with the way the penalties were levied, thus ruling to erase any prison time and sending the case back to the Court of Appeals.

U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown, at the time 104 years old, sentenced both men and set their fines at $3,500 a deer. However, after Brown died, the 10th Circuit Court reviewed the case and overturned the original ruling.

The Butler’s case will be sent back to the U.S. District Court for reevaluation, where state wildlife officials believe the sentencing could be reduced even further, according to the Wichita Eagle.

  • Poredator

    I do not agree with this rulling. These guys were career poachers and should be treated like criminals. NuGent got slammed for minor misunderstandings and these guys get away with multiple planned criminal offences. Where's the justice here I go thru great lengths to do things right and expect my fello sportsman to do the same. These guys do not respect our privilege here !

    • R.A. Peinert

      The Best Justice That Money Can Buy!!!!! Nuff Said?????

    • big8rack

      Agreed 100%!

  • BP

    Honest sportsman work hard at doing things right. We expect the courts to follow the legal system as hard as we follow it. These two men went out of there way to break the laws, so make them pay for it. There punishment should be as stiff as the original sentence. That will help To show others that if you do the crime you better expect harsh punishment.

  • jp338

    Put them away where they belong.

  • U.R.CAUGHT

    $3,500 A TROPHY DEER IS STILL A LOW BALL FIGURE. THERE ARE LEGITIMATE HUNTERS OUT THERE PAYING THAT FOR THE OPPORTUNITY WITH NO GUARANTEES OF TAKING A DEER OF THIS CALIBER. HIT THEM HARDER IN THE POCKET. WHO KNOWS HOW MANY THEY GOT AWAY WITH BEFORE THEY GOT CAUGHT.

  • Remove Them

    Individuals who do not follow the rule of law are not really judges and should not hold the office.

  • jerry

    Provbers 10:2, Ill gotten gains will profit you nothing. Think about it.

  • https://www.facebook.com/ernie.white.9216 Ernie White

    I think they should pay a large fine plus get jail time a long one. Take there guns too. Not to destroy but to give
    to another hunter that love to hunt but can't afford a good deer rifle.

  • Dave

    Punish people who don't commit crimes and let those who do get away with it.
    Seems to be the norm now.

  • poe

    in the old days , they hung a poachers,

  • TOM MONTGOMERY

    I AGREE THAT THEY SHOULD BE SLAMED HARD BUT WHEN i HEAR PEOPLE SAY THEY WORK HARD FOR DEER AND USE CAEMERS AND FEEDERS ,I DON,T KNOW IF THE ANIAMLES ARE GETING A FAIR SHAKE . I HAVE BEEN HUNTIN SINCE THE MIDDLE 80S FOR DEER AND NEVER HAD TO USE A CAMERA OR FEEDERS THE GREAT THING ABOUT HUNTING IS GETING IN THE OUT DOORS AND TAKE YOUR CHANCES LIKE THE ANIAMLS DO.OH STILL THEY SHOULD GO TO THE BIG HOUSE.

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