Turner man gets 9 months for hunting and drug convictions

Everett T. Leonard enters a guilty plea on numerous charges including deer poaching and night hunting in Androscoggin County Superior Court in December.
Amber Waterman | Sun Journal
Everett T. Leonard enters a guilty plea on numerous charges including deer poaching and night hunting in Androscoggin County Superior Court in December.
Posted Feb. 22, 2013, at 6:22 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 22, 2013, at 9:58 a.m.

AUBURN, Maine — A Turner man who pleaded guilty to multiple hunting violations will spend the next nine months behind bars.

Everett “Tyler” Leonard, 33, was also sentenced to two years probation and to pay $13,850 in fines in Androscoggin County Superior Court on Thursday, Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service said Friday.

Leonard pleaded guilty on Dec. 11 to 12 charges, including five counts of hunting after revocation, four charges of night hunting, and one count apiece of driving deer, molesting wildlife and possession of Schedule W drugs, according to MacDonald. Leonard also was forced to forfeit five firearms and a bow and arrow. The corporal didn’t disclose what type of drugs Leonard possessed.

Lt. Dan Scott of the Warden Service described Leonard as “an intentional fish and game violator who displayed a complete disregard for Maine’s hunting laws” at the sentencing. He also praised District Attorney Andrew Matulis for his work on the case.

During the summer of 2010, game wardens obtained information that Leonard and his father, E.H. “Lenny” Leonard, were involved in the killing of several deer over the legal limit, MacDonald said. An investigation was launched and over a four-month span, the Warden Service determined nearly 150 violations of Maine’s hunting laws occurred.

Wardens also learned over the course of the investigation the Leonards were involved in similar activities during a hunting trip to Pennsylvania in 2010, MacDonald said, and Keystone State game wardens joined in the investigation. The two agencies were able to detect hundreds of violations by the men in October and December 2010.

Both men were arrested in January 2011 after five search warrants were executed at their Turner residence, MacDonald said, with firearms, deer meat, antlers, bows and arrows, ammunition, a hawk, owls, a computer and other hunting-related materials seized, MacDonald said.

The Leonards were initially prosecuted in Pennsylvania where the elder Leonard pleaded guilty to 17 violations, paid $2,300 in fines and spent 15 days in jail, MacDonald said. The younger Leonard pleaded guilty to 25 violations, spent 105 days behind bars and paid $3,500 in fines.

The elder Leonard pleaded guilty to two counts of driving deer and one count of unlawful furnishing of drugs in September 2012 and was sentenced to three years in prison, all of which were suspended, $2,400 in fines and two years probation.

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