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Pennsylvania Deer Poachers Face Serious Prison Time

Pennsylvania Deer Poachers Face Serious Prison Time

Two Lebanon County brothers are facing possible prison sentences for unlawfully killing seven deer in 2010 and four deer in 2009, fleeing an officer and trespassing, among other charges.

William M. Kirkwood, 50, of Bethel, faces total fines and penalties of up to $64,000 and 10 years in prison while his brother, Theodore P. Kirkwood, 54, of Lebanon faces total fines and penalties of up to $5,000 and nine months in prison for aiding and abetting his brother.

William Kirkwood has the unfortunate distinction of being the first individual to be charged with felony counts under a new Game and Wildlife Code penalty structure that took effect in September, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission officials.

According to Wildlife Conservation Officer Derek Daly, on Dec. 11, 2010, he received information about possible hunting violations on the Lebanon Landfill property. Responding to the area, along with Deputy WCO Brian Sheetz, the officers were met by witnesses at the scene, who informed the officers of an individual who they had seen hunting without orange on and that they suspected he had killed several deer.

In total, evidence and admissions by William Kirkwood showed that he illegally killed two bucks that were below the minimum antler restrictions (one spike and one with two-points on one side), three antlerless deer and two button bucks. 

None of the seven deer were tagged, and he did not possess any valid antlerless deer licenses for the five antlerless deer harvested.

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1:34PM PST on Feb 21, 2013

SOMETIMES THERE IS SOMEONE DOING WRONG THINGS, WHY DO WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO JUST DON'T GET IT. THESE POOR LITTLE DEER,I'M GLAD THEY GOT THEM AND THE LAW TO PLACE,

7:26PM PST on Nov 19, 2012

thank you

2:21PM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

Thank you.

2:21PM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

Thank you.

2:20PM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

Thank you.

8:33PM PST on Nov 17, 2011

I hope they get the book thrown at them.

12:05AM PDT on May 9, 2011

awesome, I love it when Poachers get arrested!

3:48PM PST on Feb 27, 2011

Thank you for posting.

7:26PM PST on Feb 21, 2011

Noted and thanks- Judges- Man up!

9:22PM PST on Feb 19, 2011

Let's make an example out them. Shall we??

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