Deer Hunter Guilty of Assault
An Onaway resident held in the Cheboygan County Jail now awaits sentencing, after being found guilty of assaulting a Michigan Conservation Officer last November.
Following a four-day jury trial in Cheboygan County Circuit Court, Frederick Herman Fisher, 62, was found guilty September 1 of three felonies and three misdemeanors, all related to an incident which occurred on the opening day of last year's firearm deer hunting season.
Law enforcement officials organized a manhunt after Fisher confronted Conservation Officer Michael Feagan with a loaded rifle while hunting for deer on public land on November 15, 2000. Feagan was on a routine patrol when he came across an off-road vehicle (ORV) trail cut through a wooded area of state land in Cheboygan County. The track led to a blind where Fisher was hunting and where Fisher repeatedly threatened Feagan with the rifle. Feagan testified that he was able to talk his way out of the situation and return to his vehicle where he called for assistance. Fisher fled the scene and was arrested the next day.
The jury found Fisher guilty of assault with a dangerous weapon, a felon in possession of a firearm, and the commission of a felony with a firearm, as well as misdemeanor charges of deer hunting without a license, driving on a suspended license and illegally operating an off-road vehicle.
"Conservation officers have the difficult and often dangerous job of upholding state game laws in remote locations," said Sgt. Greg Drogowski, DNR Law Enforcement. "This case sends a strong message that violent behavior toward Conservation Officers will not be tolerated.
"I commend our local Conservation Officers, the Michigan State Police, the Cheboygan County Sheriff Department and the Cheboygan County prosecutor for helping resolve this case. Their team effort helped ensure that justice prevailed."
Fisher is lodged pending sentencing later this month. He could face up to 11 years in prison.