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Kansas hunting camp sentencing considers deer value UPDATE

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4:30 p.m. Monday (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced two Texas brothers to prison for what prosecutors say may have been the largest deer poaching operation in Kansas history.

James Bobby Butler Jr. was the owner and operator of a hunting camp near Coldwater, where his brother, Marlin Jackson Butler, worked as a guide.

James Butler was sentenced Monday in Wichita to 10 months in prison and has already paid a $25,000 fine. Marlin Butler received an eight-month sentence with no fine.

The brothers, from Martinsville, Texas, pleaded guilty in 2011 to conspiring to violate a federal law prohibiting interstate transport of wildlife taken in violation of state regulations. James Butler also pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice.

An appeals court last year ordered new sentences after ruling the district court miscalculated their sentences.

 

 

(AP) — A federal judge is expected to hear testimony on the market value of deer before sentencing two Texas brothers convicted of running a Kansas hunting camp where hunters paid thousands of dollars to shoot deer illegally.

James Bobby Butler Jr. was the owner and operator of the hunting camp. His brother, Marlin Jackson Butler, worked as a guide. The brothers, both from Martinsville, Texas, pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate a federal law prohibiting the interstate transport of wildlife taken in violation of state regulations.

James Butler also pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice.

An appeals court last year said the district court made a mistake in 2011 in calculating sentences based on the full price of a guided hunt, rather than the actual retail value of the animals.

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  • hunter

    lock them up and throw away the key. it’s this whole “gotta have big monster antlers” mentality that has destroyed family hunting in kansas. now it’s all about big bucks for big bucks. take the money out of hunting and return hunting to it’s roots.

    • Justin

      Educate yourself before pointing fingers, you are reading this article and taking everything and believing it without THINKING FOR YOURSELF. Kansas is overpopulated with deer anyway, “lock them up and throw away the key”? Really? Ever thought about the mans mother, father, or his CHILD!!!! All for deer, not murder, not drugs, DEER! In court the federal judge looks at the government and says “I can’t believe the government would even approach this case”! If the government worried more about serious matters the world would be a better place.

      • hunter

        I have been thinking for myself for years as I have watched what has happened to hunting in Kansas ever since it became a rich mans game. It’s pathetic. It’s not my problem if he didn’t think of his family before he broke the law. If ya break the rules ya pay the penalty. I hope it’s to the full extent possible.

      • guest

        im sorry but I thought deer were here before people, people are overpopulated, maybe we should make hunting humans legal, or at least keep the hunters for big bucks from breeding

  • country

    The biggest problem with Poaching. Is that they only kill to harvest the antlers and let the rest rot. I have no problem with killing deer anytime as long as they are killing to feed people. I have to agree with Hunter. If caught poaching in Kansas you lose everything. License, Truck, and Gun. Why should it be any different for them? Kill deer for food no problem, but if it is for the “BIGGEST” Rack than prosecute them.