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Colorado Police Officer Avoids Jail Time for Killing Elk [UPDATE]

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The Boulder police officer who killed an elk will be on probation.

Last week it was announced that the Boulder police officer who killed a Mapleton Hill elk could serve a year in prison for his actions. He avoided jail time and will be on probation for four years.

The judge also doled out over $10,200 in fines for the hunting violations.

Read the original story: Ex Colorado Cop Awaits Jury Decision in Elk Poaching Case [UPDATE]

Officer Sam Carter apparently shot and killed an elk on December 31, 2013. He failed to report that he had discharged his weapon until local residents asked reporters what had happened and they noticed nothing had been reported. He was then put under investigation. 

According to ABC7 News Denver:

Sam Carter, 37, killed the elk known as “Big Boy” on New Year’s Day 2013 while on duty. As a result, he was convicted in June of attempting to influence a public official, forgery and two counts of tampering with evidence. The full list of charges included four felonies and five misdemeanors.

Carter’s attorney claimed he “euthanized” the elk after it proved to be aggressive.

Prior to the sentencing, Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett claimed that Carter had an “arrogant” and “flippant” attitude towards the whole affair. 

DA Garnett said Carter could have been required to serve several years in prison, but instead the prosecution asked for one year in jail.

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Colorado Police Officer Avoids Jail Time for Killing Elk [UPDATE]