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Two Ohio Deer Poachers Convicted

May 2, 2016
ODNR

AKRON, OH - Two Avon Lake deer poachers were recently convicted in Avon Lake Municipal Court following a joint investigation between the Avon Lake Police Department and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Adam A. Petrella, 26, Avon Lake was charged with a total of five violations related to the illegal possession and poaching of whitetail deer. Sentencing resulted in a total $8,225 in fines, court costs, and restitution. He was ordered to 120 days in jail (suspended pending no further violations for two years), ordered to complete 80 hours of community service, forfeit antlers and crossbow to the ODNR Division of Wildlife, and hunting privileges were revoked for three years.

Andrew J. Smith, 27, Avon Lake, was charged with a total of nine violations related to the illegal possession and poaching of whitetail deer. Sentencing resulted in a total $15,632 in fines, court costs, and restitution. He was ordered to 180 days in jail (160 days suspended pending no further violations for two years), ordered to complete 60 hours of community service, forfeit antlers and crossbow to the ODNR Division of Wildlife, and hunting privileges were revoked for three years.

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Lorain County ODNR Wildlife Officer Randy White with the two poached bucks and the two forfeited crossbows. Photo courtesy of Ohio Division of Wildlife.

Part of the case revolved around two large bucks illegally killed by the duo. A 17-point buck killed by Petrella gross-scored 166 4/8 inches and cost Petrella $7,687 in restitution. A 22-point buck killed by Smith gross-scored 194 2/8 inches and cost Smith $15,079 in restitution.

"The ODNR Division of Wildlife thanks Judge Darrel A. Bilancini for taking these violations seriously and seeing to it that justice is served," said Lorain County Wildlife Officer Randy White who helped track down the poachers. ODNR Division of Wildlife Investigator Brian Banbury also assisted with the case.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife encourages anyone who is aware of a possible violation of wildlife laws to call the Turn In a Poacher (TIP) line at 1-800-POACHER or to submit information online at wildohio.gov. All information received by the TIP program will remain confidential.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

 
 

 

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