Man sentenced to 3 years in prison for poaching big game

A 29-year-old western Washington man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for hunting violations in one of the largest poaching cases in state history.

Posted: Mar 29, 2020 10:03 AM

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP)-- A 29-year-old western Washington man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for hunting violations in one of the largest poaching cases in state history.

The Peninsula Daily News reports Jason Hutt of Sequim was sentenced this week in Clallam County Superior Court after entering an Alford plea to five counts of unlawful hunting of big game and single counts of waste of wildlife, unlawful hunting of wild birds, hunting of wild animals and other charges.

State Department of Fish and Wildlife investigators say Hutt and Wyatt Beck illegally killed bears, deer, and elk in Clallam and Jefferson counties in the summer of 2018.

Beck previously pleaded guilty to four counts of unlawful hunting of big game with accomplice liability.

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