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Three Convicted in Vinton County (OH) Incident

June 17, 2016
ODNR

ATHENS, OH - Three McArthur, Ohio residents recently pleaded guilty to numerous hunting and drug charges in Vinton County, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

On November 13, 2015, ODNR Division of Wildlife Officers in southeast Ohio were working a plane project in Vinton County looking for spotlighting activity. State Wildlife Officer Jared Abele was directed to a vehicle in Swan Township. When the truck finally came to a stop two individuals fled into the woods. The driver was detained and subsequently arrested. State wildlife officers, as well as the McArthur Police Department and the Vinton County Sheriff's Office, arrived on scene to assist in locating the two suspects. The plane observed a light in the woods and six officers entered to apprehend the suspect. As they searched through the dense forest, two shots were fired by one of the suspects. The officers withdrew and set up a perimeter on the surrounding roads. The Ohio State Highway Patrol brought in their aircraft with Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) technology to help locate the suspects. The search was suspended after an extensive five hours when the suspects had not been located.

The driver, Shawn Barber, was interviewed the following morning and the identities of the two suspects were established. Timothy Ousley was apprehended later that day by the Vinton County Sheriff's Office.

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Trecia Kimes-Brown and the Vinton County Prosecutor's Office were recently recognized by the ODNR Division of Wildlife for their efforts in helping to prosecute individuals involved in the spotlighting project. Pictured are (from left):
Lacey Coleman, Secretary; Annie Gosling Jackson, Victims Advocate; Trecia Kimes-Brown, Vinton County Prosecutor; Jared Abele, State Wildlife Officer assigned to Vinton County. Photo courtesy of ODNR

A team of state wildlife officers and investigators gathered information on the second suspect's possible whereabouts and, with the assistance of The Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) of U.S. Marshals, Kevin Wright was apprehended several days later.

The case was presented to the Vinton County Grand Jury and all three suspects were indicted on a total of 25 charges. Through the diligent work of Trecia Kimes-Brown, Prosecutor, all three suspects pleaded guilty to various charges.

Trecia Kimes-Brown and the Vinton County Prosecutor's Office were recently recognized by the ODNR Division of Wildlife for their efforts to help protect and preserve Ohio's natural resources through their work in prosecuting the individuals involved in the spotlighting project.

Each of the three individuals received a lifetime loss of hunting privileges and were entered into the Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact, meaning they are also banned from purchasing a hunting license in all of the 44 membered states.

The Wellston Police Department, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, and the Hocking County Sheriff's Office also assisted with the case.

Anyone observing or suspecting that wildlife violations are occurring may report illegal activity by calling the Turn-In-A-Poacher (TIP) hotline toll free at 1-800-POACHER.

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.

Defendants, charges, and sentences in the case are:

Shawn M. Barber, 29, McArthur - convicted of aggravated possession of drugs, improper handling of a firearm, obstructing justice, and one count of jacklighting. Sentenced to 4 years in prison and a lifetime loss of hunting privileges. Ordered to pay $2000 in fines and forfeit all items seized.

Timothy A. Ousley, 28, McArthur - convicted of aggravated possession of drugs, improper handling of a firearm, obstructing official business, and one count of jacklighting. Sentenced to 4 years in prison and a lifetime loss of hunting privileges. Ordered to pay $2000 in fines and forfeit all items seized.

Kevin J. Wright, 28, McArthur - convicted of aggravated drug trafficking and attempted felonious assault. Sentenced to 6 years in prison and lifetime loss of hunting privileges.

All items seized were forfeited to Vinton County Sheriff's Office, and included a Ford F150 pick-up truck, an AK-47 rifle, two handguns, crystal meth, an iPhone, and various other items.

 
 

 

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