Four Treasure Valley Teens Plead Guilty to Poaching Charges
Four Idaho men are being held accountable for illegally shooting more than a dozen deer, three domestic cows, protected birds, and other wildlife.
The poaching happened during a four-week period in the fall of 2012. After receiving an anonymous tip, Idaho Fish and Game officers identified the four men as Kaden Skinner, 19, Weiser; Brady King, 19, Meridian; Vaughn Drake, 19, Meridian; and Nathan Graham, 19, Meridian. The men were charged with several crimes, including hunting without a license, taking big game with the aid of an artificial light, unlawful possession of deer parts, waste, and cattle rustling.
Conservation officers say group was initially charged with a total of 65 violations, including 23 felonies and 29 misdemeanors. Others connected to the case were granted immunity in exchange for testimony against the four primary defendants.
The four defendants made a plea agreement with the Washington County Prosecutor's Office that included $24,450 in fines and restitution for the livestock losses, revocation of hunting licenses for three to five years, and 24 months of probation.