Twin Falls man to see jail time for poaching celebrity deer

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A hunter who pleaded guilty to poaching a well-known and well-liked buck in Twin Falls last winter has been sentenced to jail.

Jacob Frederick Pool, 34, was sentenced Monday to 90 days in county jail and a therapeutic and educational program directed by the Idaho Department of Corrections, according to the Times-News ( ). His sentence included a lifetime ban of his hunting license and an order to pay $3,189.73 in penalties and restitution.

Pool received a retained jurisdiction sentence of 90 to 120 days, more than the probation sentence recommended by the prosecuting attorney's office.

"I do not agree with the state's recommendation in this case, not at all," District Judge Randy J. Stoker said. "I think if I put you on probation today, it would only be a matter of time before you violated probation."

Pool pleaded guilty in October to a felony count of killing or wasting a trophy mule deer during a closed season and a reduced misdemeanor count of destructing or concealing evidence. At his plea hearing, Pool said he killed the deer to provide food for his family that that he did not know it was a trophy buck.

Following retained jurisdiction — commonly known as a rider — a judge will decide to either release Pool on probation or send him to state prison for two to four years.

Deputy prosecutor Jethelyn Harrington said during the pre-sentence investigating, Pool told the court he didn't feel bad about poaching a deer.

At sentencing Stoker said that indifference was "like giving a middle finger" to the court.

"I don't think you've come close to accepting responsibility," Stoker told Pool. "Some who are not hunters would say, 'what's the big deal?' I bet if I talked to avid hunters, they'd probably be outraged . I'm concerned about your callousness for the law in general."


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