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    A North Texas man found guilty of deer poaching, is given a most unique and hefty sentence. The sentence orders 34-year old John Walker Drinnon to spend every weekend of hunting season — beginning on Dec. 30, 2017 — in the Grayson County jail for the next five years. In addition, he will serve five years of probation and pay $18,048.10 in civil restitution for the deer.

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    This story began during the fall of 2016 when photos of Drinnon and the deer popped up. He initially claimed to have killed the buck on public hunting land in Oklahoma, which was quickly debunked when game wardens obtained a game camera image. This photo showed the deer on public land in Texas. The wardens were then able to build a case against Drinnon and eventually, he confessed. Drinnon pleaded guilty on Oct. 12 to a felony charge of taking a white-tailed deer without landowner consent. In that plea, Drinnon admitted to killing the 19-point, 202 inch, white-tailed buck with a rifle (Grayson County is an archery-only county) while trespassing on private property.

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