September 24, 2004
Frankfort, KY - Ronald J. Johnson, 20, of Dwale, Kentucky
in Floyd County, plead guilty and was ordered today to pay a hefty fine, court
costs and the cost of restitution stemming from the poaching of a 4 x 5 bull elk
in early September.
Johnson plead guilty to one count of the illegal taking of elk, one count of
spotlighting with intent to poach, one count of hunting big game without
permission and one count of taking wildlife from a vehicle. Floyd District Judge
Eric Hall fined Johnson $2,000 plus $7,500 for the full restitution cost of the
bull elk. Johnson was sentenced to 6 months in jail, but that sentence was
probated to 90 days. He also paid $155.50 in court costs and lost hunting
privileges for three years.
Johnson and three other men, Monroe Jarvis, 22 of Endicott, Kentucky, David
VanHoose, 26 and Billy Joe Derossett, 20 both of Dwale, Kentucky were charged in
connection with the poaching of the elk on or about September 1 on the Ivy Creek
strip mine near the community of Ivel, Kentucky. The elk was shot several times
with a .22 caliber rifle, allegedly while being spotlighted by a vehicle’s
headlights. Investigators said the elk’s antlers were shot off with a 20-gauge
shotgun. A $1,000 reward offered by the Ivy Creek Creek Game Club led to calls
that resulted in the arrest of the suspects. Kentucky Department of Fish and
Wildlife Resources Wildlife and Boating Officers Jason Campbell and Mark Wallace
made the arrests September 17.
Officers seized a 1996 Chevy S-10 pick-up, a .22 caliber rifle, a 20-gauge
shotgun and a 4 x 5 rack of elk antlers recovered from Dewey Lake.
Charges against Jarvis, VanHoose and Derossett are pending in Floyd District