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Virginia Poacher Sentenced to 7 Years in Jail and $25,000 Fine

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Source: Office of Buchanan County -- Commonwealth Attorney

Poaching never pays. Just ask this guy.

A southwest Virginia man recently discovered that poaching doesn’t pay after being sentenced to 7 years of incarceration, along with a loss of his hunting privileges for five years and an order to pay a total of $25,000 in restitution.

Nelson Drummond was convicted of poaching four elk, three deer, a black bear and a bobcat. A Henry .22-lever action rifle fitted with a laser sight was used. He was sentenced on June 19.

Videos and pictures were found by officers with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, which reportedly show Drummond with a number of the poached animals.

According to News Channel 11, one of the videos allegedly showed Drummond shooting a deer, taking the dead animal to Conaway Bridge and laughing as he tossed the animal over the side of the bridge and onto the road below.

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Virginia Poacher Sentenced to 7 Years in Jail and $25,000 Fine