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Two Portales New Mexico Men Sentenced For Poaching Deer & Antelope

November 10, 2009

Portales, N.M. -- 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.

In 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.

The 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 the animal.

Anyone with information about any wildlife crime in New Mexico is urged to call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-432-GAME (4263). Callers need not identify themselves or testify in court, and may be eligible for rewards.

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