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Riverton man pleads guilty to deer poaching

Mar 3, 2014 - From staff reports

A Riverton man has pleaded guilty to poaching a buck mule deer in a closed season. The incident occurred June 28 near the Wyoming Honor Farm, east of Riverton.

Jarrod Maloff, 19, of Riverton, originally entered a not-guilty plea and was scheduled for a jury trial in mid-December.

A few days before the trial, Maloff and his attorney reached a plea deal with deputy county attorney Ember Oakley.

In the change of plea hearing Dec. 20, Circuit Court Judge Wesley Roberts sentenced Maloff to $1,000 in fines suspended, $3,000 in restitution, one year of hunting privileges suspended and six months unsupervised probation. He also ruled that Maloff cannot possess firearms or ammunition or be around anyone who does for six months. In addition, Maloff spent several days in the Fremont County jail after an arrest warrant was served for the illegal take of the deer.

South Riverton game warden Brad Gibb, who was the lead officer in the case, and wildlife investigator Scott Browning, who assisted Gibb during the investigation, both attended the change of plea hearing for Maloff and assisted the prosecutor in the sentencing phase of the case.

Two other Riverton men were involved in the case: Jacob Eaton, 19, and Joshua "Josh" Marsh, 20. They pleaded guilty to charges for their "accessory" role in the crime and had been sentenced previously. Fines for the two total more than $1,800 for the deer, and Eaton's hunting privileges have been revoked for one year in Wyoming and 39 reciprocal states.

The investigation started with an anonymous tip from the public. Poaching reports may be made by calling 1-877-943-3847 or 1-307-777-4330 for out-of-state calls only.

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