Utah Senator's Brother Pleads in Poaching Case

Utah Senator's Brother Pleads in Poaching Case

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The brother of Utah Senator Thomas Hatch pleaded "no contest" to illegally shooting a bull elk back in the fall of 2003.

A judge ordered Ira Ronald Hatch to pay a 5-hundred dollar fine and 15-hundred dollars in restitution to the state's Help Stop Poaching program.

As part of negotiations with prosecutors, Hatch will not lose any hunting privileges.

Ira was charged with wanton destruction of protected wildlife and for wasting the meat.

In October of 2003, the Hatch brothers were hunting together in Garfield County, when Ira fired into a large herd of elk and wounded a trophy bull.

The Hatch's permits were for cows only.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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