Illegal Hunt Idiots
- N.C. men sentenced for illegal hunting
C July 1, 2004 | Last updated 10:08 PM Jun. 30
ELIZABETH CITY- Two Manteo men have been sentenced in federal court to
18 months in prison for illegally shooting deer that were viewed with a
spotlight on National Park Service property.
John Thomas Payne III, 18, and William Butler Matthews II, 19, pleaded
guilty to using artificial light to view protected wildlife; shooting at
protected wildlife; destruction of protected wildlife; and vandalism.
In addition to the prison term, Chief U.S. District Judge Terrence W.
Boyle this week ordered each man to pay $4,858 in restitution to the
National Park Service for the vandalism and loss of four deer, according
to a statement from the office of the U.S. attorney eastern district of
The charges stem from the discovery in March of four deer, which had
been killed by small-caliber bullets and left intact near the Bodie
Island Lighthouse in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the statement
said. Several windows on a lighthouse bathroom building and a parking
sign also had been shot .
When officers with the park service and the North Carolina Wildlife
Resources Commission put out a mechanical decoy deer in a field a few
days later, Payne and Matthews were observed using a spotlight to
illuminate the decoy and firing three shots toward the decoy deer,
according to the statement.
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