May 22, 2018
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Turner man to go to jail for poaching

By Christopher Williams, Sun Journal

AUBURN, Maine — A 20-year-old Turner man who pleaded guilty Monday in connection with illegal hunting sprees in Maine and Pennsylvania last year is expected to spend a week in jail and pay nearly $5,000 in fines.

Carlton “John” Enos had been hunting with a group of men, including a father and son from Turner, the subject of a four-month investigation by the Maine Warden Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The group was believed to have shot and killed eight deer in Maine and 30 in Pennsylvania. In all, they were thought to have violated nearly 150 game laws in Maine alone. Enos was charged with eight hunting-related misdemeanors in this state stemming from those outings.

On Monday, he pleaded guilty in Androscoggin County Superior Court to five of the Maine charges, including closed season violation, false registration of deer, criminal trespass, driving deer and exceeding the bag limit on deer. He was sentenced to seven days at Androscoggin County Jail, starting on Jan. 16. Until then, he will be free on his personal recognizance.

Enos was fined a total of $4,850. He was ordered to start paying $100 per month in February.

A judge agreed to drop the remaining three misdemeanor charges.

Enos also is accused of multiple hunting violations in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. He is the only member of the Mainers’ hunting party whose case is still pending there. He was on the January trial list in both Pennsylvania and Maine and is still pending pretrial motions in Pennsylvania, according to prosecutors in that state.

He pleaded guilty in Androscoggin County Superior Court as a jury was being selected.

His attorney failed in August to convince an Androscoggin County Superior Court judge to dismiss two of the charges against him on constitutional grounds.

Last month. a father and son from Turner were sentenced on hunting-related charges in Northern Pennsylvania in what was regarded as one of the most egregious cases of criminal hunting violations in that region.

Everett Tyler Leonard, 32, was sentenced to 3½ to 14 months in prison plus 18 months probation. He also was fined $3,550.

He had pleaded guilty in October to 11 illegal killings and 14 other game offenses, including hunting at night, hunting from vehicles and having loaded guns in vehicles.

Leonard also had been charged with drug crimes, but pleaded guilty only to the hunting-related crimes.

His father, Everett H. “Lenny” Leonard, 60, was sentenced to 15 days to two months in prison plus 18 months of probation. He also was fined $2,300.

He pleaded guilty to five illegal killings and a dozen other game violations, including road hunting, loaded firearms in vehicles, killing deer at night and license violations. He had faced up to seven years in prison and up to $43,000 in fines and costs. The younger Leonard had faced up to 24 years in prison and as much as $100,000 in fines and costs.

The two are awaiting trial in Androscoggin County Superior Court on dozens of hunting and drug-related criminal charges stemming from Maine violations last year.

Androscoggin County Assistant District Attorney Andrew Matulis said his office had been waiting for the Pennsylvania court to impose its sentences before moving ahead with the Leonards’ cases here in Maine.

A fourth Turner man, Jason Clifford, 29, pleaded guilty in June in Androscoggin County Superior Court to five misdemeanor charges, including two counts of exceeding the bag limit on deer, driving deer, waste of game and criminal trespass stemming from November violations with the Leonards. He was fined $4,250.

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