South Carolina hunting suspects plead guilty, must pay fines

Four South Carolina men jailed over the weekend by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers on suspicion of multiple illegal hunting activities, including using poisons on their archery hunting arrows, were fined today after pleading guilty.

George R. Plummer, 51, and Joseph Nevling, 50, both of Timmonsville, S.C., James Cole, 50, of Sumter, S.C., and Michael C. Courtney, 25, of Florence, S.C., were ordered to pay several thousands of dollars in fines and court costs, while plea agreements specify they can’t hunt in Colorado over the next four years.  The state’s wildlife commission may suspend Colorado hunting privileges for the men. They may also be banned from hunting in 38 other states, including South Carolina.

They were arrested Saturday evening at their hunt camp in the Brush Creek area east of Collbran.

Each of the men received individual lectures from the judge Tuesday.

“You ought to be ashamed of yourself,” Judge Arthur Smith told Nevling.

Read the full story in Wednesday’s Daily Sentinel.


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