3 Men Convicted Of Running Illegal Hunting Operation On New Albany Properties
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said on Tuesday that three men were convicted of running an illegal hunting operation during which they would take people on guided hunting excursions on property they did not have permission to be on.
Scott J. Walsh, 55, was convicted of running the operation with son Justin S. Walsh, 23, and Steven A. Clemons, 48.
According to the ODNR, a two-year investigation showed that Walsh would charge people to be taken on guided hunting tours on property in New Albany. Walsh did not own the property and only had permission to hunt on 15 acres of land. He claimed to have permission to hunt on 1,600 acres.
Authorities said Walsh guided at least 20 hunters on properties owned by 40 different families. At least nine deer were taken during these trips.
Walsh has a history of complaints against him from 1990 to 2010, according to wildlife officials.
Multiple felony and misdemeanor violations were documented during the investigation, according to the ODNR. They included: discharging a firearm near a premises, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, having weapons under disability, hunting without permission, failing to wear hunter orange, no hunting license, no deer permit and possession of drugs.
Scott Walsh was sentenced to 15 months in prison and will be on supervised release for five years. He was ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution.
Justin Walsh was sentenced to 30 days in jail and will be on supervised release for five years. He was ordered to pay a fine of $2,000.
Steven Clemons was sentenced to 30 days in jail and after the defendant's release; he will be on supervised release for five years. He was ordered to pay a fine of $500 and restitution in the amount of $3,000.
All of the defendants had their hunting rights suspended for five years.
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