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June 20, 2011
Oregon Poaching Ring Busted After Allegedly Killing 300 Deer - 6

A 26-year-old Oregon man is headed to the slammer after being busted in what officials say is the largest deer poaching case in state history.

Last week Miguel Kennedy was sentenced to eight months in prison after pleading guilty to counts of identity theft, second-degree forgery, unlawfully transferring hunting tags and racketeering, according to the Register Guard. His hunting privileges have been revoked for life.

Kennedy's charges came after he was tied to a group of poachers who illegally killed about 300 deer between 2005 and 2010. They did so by buying tags under other people's names and forging their signatures. Elk, black bears and antelope were also allegedly killed by the poaching ring.

Believe it or not, Kennedy actually got off fairly easily. Racketeering carries a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison in Oregon, but the district attorney handling the case went light on Kennedy in return for "truthful testimony" in the state's case against the other alleged poachers.

In other words, Kennedy is going to rat on his alleged poaching buddies for a lighter sentence.

Also facing charges are Shane Donoho, Rory Edwin Donoho, Sandra L. Shaffer, Laura A. Donoho and Gerald Stanton Donoho, according to the Guard.

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from Shess01 wrote 3 years 1 week ago

I say 1 deer 1 year! That should be the standard anything less and we will never get people to stop behaving in this way!

Lifetime revoke in all states!

Once out they should have to serve a minimum of 500 hours community service helping to rebuild wildlife habitat in some form.

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from HuntingTheRez wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

So he was charged with "identity theft, second-degree forgery, unlawfully transferring hunting tags and racketeering."

I'd say he got off fairly easy at only an 8-month sentence!

What a loser!

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from 25-06 guy wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Like Johnnie said hopefully this mans hunting rights are gone from any state in the country for the rest of his life. This is the fuel anti hunting groups run on.

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from Johnnie wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Glad to hear Kennedy's hunting privileges have been revoked for life, hopefully that applies to every state not just Oregon. He should also not be allowed to own any hunting implements ever again.
Just goes to show you there is "No honor amongst thieves.", the guy ratted out his fellow poachers to save his own butt. Bet his poaching buddies think highly of him and would like to take him out poaching one last time.

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from Bob Hansen wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Sounds like a case that should be ended by self-strangulation...!! (If he's guilty, of course).

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from The Captain wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Forget 20 years in the slammer. Give 'em the chair!

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from The Captain wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Forget 20 years in the slammer. Give 'em the chair!

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from Bob Hansen wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Sounds like a case that should be ended by self-strangulation...!! (If he's guilty, of course).

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from Johnnie wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Glad to hear Kennedy's hunting privileges have been revoked for life, hopefully that applies to every state not just Oregon. He should also not be allowed to own any hunting implements ever again.
Just goes to show you there is "No honor amongst thieves.", the guy ratted out his fellow poachers to save his own butt. Bet his poaching buddies think highly of him and would like to take him out poaching one last time.

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from 25-06 guy wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Like Johnnie said hopefully this mans hunting rights are gone from any state in the country for the rest of his life. This is the fuel anti hunting groups run on.

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from HuntingTheRez wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

So he was charged with "identity theft, second-degree forgery, unlawfully transferring hunting tags and racketeering."

I'd say he got off fairly easy at only an 8-month sentence!

What a loser!

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from Shess01 wrote 3 years 1 week ago

I say 1 deer 1 year! That should be the standard anything less and we will never get people to stop behaving in this way!

Lifetime revoke in all states!

Once out they should have to serve a minimum of 500 hours community service helping to rebuild wildlife habitat in some form.

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