Topeka Man Sentenced For Poaching Big Deer

By: AP, Posted by Chris Fisher
By: AP, Posted by Chris Fisher

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Topeka man will serve 15 consecutive weekends in jail for killing a whitetail buck that would have set a state record if it had been hunted legally.

David Kent was sentenced Thursday to 30 days in jail, to be served on weekends, and $1,500 in fines. He also was ordered to pay $8,000 in restitution to the landowner in Osage County where he shot the deer in November 2011. He also lost his hunting privileges for five years.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Kent claimed he shot the 14-point buck in Nemaha County while legally hunting during the firearm deer season. He was arrested after wildlife agents compared the deer's antlers to a photo that showed the buck was alive in the fall in Osage County.


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