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That is a somewhat hefty fine for the shooter but I'm still left asking myself, "thats it?" There certainly should be a lengthy loss of hunting privileges for all involved. The deputy should have lost his job. The other two men should have had larger fines and a lot more than the truck should have been seized.

Kudos for those who investigated the crime and found the truth but unless there just wasn't enough evidence to convict the D.A. let them off easy in my book.

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The CO DOW has no teeth? Gosh... I hope there IS "The Rest of the Story" and I hope it's a LOT more punitive than what we've read here.

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I'll guarantee that if he'd poached a deer back home in SoCal, he would've paid a much higher price. No wonder the Rockies are full of these people -- the cost of living is so much cheaper!

We saw discussion on this awhile back regarding a similar case in Idaho. IMO, people in law enforcement that commit crimes should be held to the highest possible standard of accountability.

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expatriate wrote:
I'll guarantee that if he'd poached a deer back home in SoCal, he would've paid a much higher price. No wonder the Rockies are full of these people -- the cost of living is so much cheaper!

We saw discussion on this awhile back regarding a similar case in Idaho. IMO, people in law enforcement that commit crimes should be held to the highest possible standard of accountability.

I agree with you 100%.

Bottom line... his Sheriff status obviously brought/bought favorable political pull. Joe Public wouldn't be so fortunate. ;-/

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Credit for this successful prosecution goes to Carron and other officers from the DOW office in Durango. Assistance in the case was provided by the Colorado Bureau of Investigations; the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office; the La Plata County District Attorney’s Office; the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish; the California Department of Fish and Game; and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Cost to bring justice: $10,000 in billable man hours. (Just a WAG, although probably not too far off considering probably 10 different people worked on the case and you assume 40 hours to each person.)

Fine: $4,200

Hmmm.... sometimes I think the fine should scale to the cost to catch somebody.

I'm not seeing how it is "obvious" that political pull had anything to do with sentencing. I would be willing to wager that $4,200 (Assuming no priors), is right in line with CRS sentencing guidelines.

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You're right, bitmasher. I shouldn't assume anything. My objectivity is jaded.