Friday, July 10, 2009

Burley couple banned from hunting for life

Express Staff Writer

A husband and wife from Burley have had their Idaho hunting privileges revoked for life after they were convicted of killing two mule deer bucks without a license.

The incident occurred on Nov. 12, 2008, when James Hollahan killed his second and third deer of the year with the help of his wife, Jami Hollahan. The couple had antlerless deer tags for big game unit 55.

According to a news release from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, James killed Jami's deer and filled her tag for the year, killed a deer to fill his tag for the year and then shot two mule deer bucks--a four-point and a three-point--without tags. Instead of taking the illegally killed deer home, the Hollahan's reportedly left them behind on the hill after seeing a vehicle drive by.

Fish and Game officers responded when a citizen called the state's Citizens against Poaching Hotline.

On March 9, the Hollahans entered guilty pleas to multiple counts of wildlife crimes.

James's hunting license was revoked for life and he was given a 360-day jail sentence, which was suspended unless he fails to complete the terms of his probation. He was also fined $568 and given 24 months of probation, during which he cannot accompany any person hunting into the field.

Later, on April 23, Jami Hollahan agreed to a plea agreement and was sentenced by Judge Bollar for one count of aiding and abetting in wasteful destruction of wildlife, a misdemeanor, and one count of aiding with the unlawful transfer of tag, a misdemeanor. For these crimes, her hunting license was also revoked for life and she was given a 360-day jail sentence, which was suspended unless she fails to complete the terms of her probation. She was fined $966 and given 24 months of probation.

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