New Mexico: Two Portales Men Sentenced for Poaching Deer, Antelope
PORTALES, NM (NM DGF) Two Portales men were fined, one jailed, after pleading
guilty in separate poaching cases Oct. 21 before Roosevelt County
Magistrate Jane Martin.
Jacob Gaines, 21, was sentenced
to 30 days in jail and fined $2,255 for poaching deer and antelope.
Gaines originally was charged with 31 separate counts of
poaching-related crimes stemming from a lengthy investigation by
Department of Game and Fish and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s officers.
Through a plea agreement, Gaines pleaded guilty to two counts of
unlawful killing of deer, two counts of unlawful possession of deer and
one count of unlawful possession of antelope.
Gaines also faces possible civil damages of $16,250 because the animals he poached were considered trophies.
a separate case, Wade Richardson, 23, pleaded guilty to one count of
unlawful killing of an antelope and was fined $467. Richardson pleaded
guilty to killing a buck antelope when he had a license for a female or
immature antelope. He admitted to the poaching during an interview with
District Wildlife Officers Nathan Romeo and Mark Holguin.
antelope Richardson poached was considered a trophy, so he also faces
possible civil damages of $4,000 to reimburse the state for the loss of
Anyone with information about poaching or any
other wildlife related crime is urged to call Operation Game Thief at
(800) 432-GAME (4263). Callers may be eligible for rewards and need not
identify themselves or testify in court.