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  • Pat Scala
    N.C. men sentenced for illegal hunting The Virginian-Pilot C July 1, 2004 | Last updated 10:08 PM Jun. 30 ELIZABETH CITY- Two Manteo men have been sentenced in
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      N.C. men sentenced for illegal hunting
      The Virginian-Pilot
      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
      North Carolina.

      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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