Jail Time for William "Spook" Spann
The Outdoor Wire
A professional hunter from
violated his federal probation and must spend a total of 30 days in Bureau of Prisons custody, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said July 31.
U.S. Magistrate Judge James P. O’Hara ruled that William “Spook” Spann, 50,
Dickinson, violated the conditions of his release after his conviction for a misdemeanor Lacey Act violation in . O’Hara’s order states that Spann: Kansas
– Continues on probation until Feb. 28, 2016.
– Is ordered to spend a total of 30 days during nights and weekends in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons between now and Feb. 28, 2014.
– Is ordered not to hunt anywhere in the
or the world until Aug. 1, 2014. United States
Last year, Spann pleaded guilty to transporting across state lines a white-tailed deer that was unlawfully taken in
. As part of the probation he was prohibited from hunting for six months, admonished not to commit any further federal crimes and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and $10,000 restitution.
Stafford County, KS
On June 10, the federal probation office in
Kansasfiled a petition alleging Spann violated his probation by hunting in Tennesseeand violating a law against baiting wildlife. O’Hara ruled that Spann violated the terms of his probation by hunting in the Tennessee United Stateswithin six months of his sentencing and baiting turkeys in violation of state law.
Grissom commended the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley for their work on the case.