August 12, 2005
A Lamar County judge recently sentenced John Mack English to 13 years in prison,
the maximum sentence allowed, for conspiring to arrange the murders of two
former conservation rangers with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources,
Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).
English, 28, of Barnesville, received five years each on two counts of
solicitation of murder and three years on one count of solicitation to conceal
the death of another. The judge ran the sentences consecutively and sentenced
English as a repeat offender, which means he will serve the full 13 years in
prison. English has three prior felony convictions with two of those convictions
tied to the murder plots.
We are pleased with the outcome of this case and glad to hear that the judge
handed down the maximum sentence allowed for the crimes English committed, said
WRD Col. Terry West. Conservation rangers often work alone and in isolated areas
which puts them in potentially dangerous situations on a regular basis, but this
case has been extremely disturbing for our officers.
English was apprehended in May 2004 while burglarizing a WRD facility at the
West Point Wildlife Management Area following an investigation initiated when
law enforcement officials received a tip about the robbery and the plot to kill
the two conservation rangers.
Also arrested in conjunction with the break-in was Michael Brett Self, 24, of
Thomaston. Self was charged in Troup County with two counts of burglary,
possession of tools used in the commission of a crime and obstruction of a
police officer after he attempted to flee on foot.
In 2003, DNR conservation rangers issued English six citations in three separate
instances for charges including hunting waterfowl over bait, hunting from a
motor vehicle, hunting from a public road and hunting deer at night with the aid
of a light. In addition, English was charged with possession of a firearm by a
convicted felon. Self was issued one citation by DNR conservation rangers in
2003 for hunting ducks over bait.