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Poaching case leads to prison, big fines

Hammer drops on poachers

A Texas hunting guide has been sentenced to more than 3 years in prison and has been fined $50,000 for his role in alleged deer-poaching activity in Kansas. The man’s brother, also implicated, received a 27-month prison and was fined $20,000.

James Bobby Butler, 41, of Martinsville, Tex., got the stiffer of the two sentences, as outlined in this release from the U.S. Department of Justice. The Topeka Capital-Journal has the story of the sentence his brother, 36-year-old Marlin Jackson Butler, received.

Both men had earlier pleaded guilty to federal Lacey Act violations. Both apparently disagreed with the severity of their sentences, because both reportedly plan to appeal.