March 30, 2010
WATERBURY, VT – A Rochester, Vermont man was convicted on February 10, 2010 of poaching the deer he reported as a legally killed 8-point buck in the 2008 rifle season and possession of marijuana.
The case began on November 22, 2008, when game wardens received a complaint at 1:30 in the morning that two shots had been fired from a truck using its headlights to illuminate a deer in a field. State Game Warden Keith Gallant responded, finding blood at the scene, which was later DNA test matched to an 8-point buck killed and reported by Andrew Stringer of Rochester who attempted to claim it as his rifle season deer. Stringer provided conflicting information about where he had killed the deer.
As a result of the DNA test, wardens executed a search warrant at the Stringer residence in Rochester. Stringer confessed to illegally taking the buck. The head of the buck and a rifle were seized. Wardens also seized 50 marijuana plants during the search of the residence.
Stringer was arrested and charged with taking deer in closed season, taking deer by illegal means and the cultivation of marijuana.
As a result of plea bargaining, the cultivation of marijuana charge was amended to possession of marijuana, the deer jacking conviction resulted in a $750 restitution charge, and Stringer was ordered to serve 59 to 60 days on a work crew as well as forfeit the rifle used to take the deer and the trophy deer head.
Source: Agency of Natural Resources
Last Updated at: March 30, 2010 13:12:09