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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-18-2020, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Sentencing for poaching/illegal sale of rattlesnakes

The Trout Run man found snake-bitten in a port-a-potty last May recently was sentenced for selling rattlesnakes, cutting off their tails, and beheading prized bucks at a private hunting preserve.

Cody L. Short, 41, violated the rules and regulations of the PA Fish and Boat and Game Commissions in 2017, 2018 and 2019, court records show.

For three different criminal cases, Short was sentenced by Lycoming County President Judge Nancy L. Butts to an aggregate term of six years supervision with one year of electronic home monitoring, 150 hours community service, and $400,000 restitution to be paid in $300-per-month increments.
On at least two occasions during the fall/winter of 2017, Short hopped a fence at night and entered the Whitetail Mountain Lodge in Anthony Township, Lycoming County, state police at Montoursville Trooper Matthew Miller wrote.

The Whitetail Mountain Lodge is an 800-acre parcel of fenced-in hunting land in owned by Richard E. Yingst Jr.

Yingst found 12 beheaded deer carcasses on his property in December 2017. Short admitted to using a .223 rile to shoot deer he did not pay for, Miller said.

"The deer are valued at a total of $138,000," Miller wrote.

For that crime, Short pleaded guilty to one third degree felony count criminal mischief, two third degree felony counts theft by unlawful taking, two first degree misdemeanor counts possessing the instrument of a crime, and two third degree misdemeanor counts of aggravated trespass on posted land.
Short must pay Yingst $400,000 restitution in $300-per-month installments, court records stated.

In June 2018, Short sold 11 timber rattlesnakes for $900 to an undercover officer from the PA Fish & Boat Commission, according to Waterways Conservation Officer Emmett Kyler III.

"Short stated he not only eats the snakes, but also sells them. Short stated he gets $5 per inch for the big yellow ones and $3 to $4 per inch for the other ones," Keller wrote in an affidavit.
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Sad that people like this exist!
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He should have gotten jail time. Disgusting!
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Letís see.....$300 a month, thatís $3600 a year. Owes $400,000. Itís gonna take over 111 years to pay that off. Heíd be 152 years old when he makes last payment.

Unless Mr. Short comes into a windfall of money that the courts can seize, the restitution money wonít ever approach anything near $400,000.
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Something just doesn't add up here.

the guy must have the best genetics in his family to live to be 152 or the judge is an idiot for only $300. a month

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If you don't have large assets that can be seized they will take your reported salary and get what they can legally take. Any previous garnishments like alimony and child support will take precedence and they will leave a stipend for living expenses and working. Can't squeeze blood out of a rock. Just like bankruptcy or foreclosure, debtors get pennies on the dollar when available resources are divvied . But he will be garnished for life unless he gets a larger salary (not likely with a felony) or comes into a large sum of money to pay it off.

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He ended up losing a leg over the bites.He'll most likely live off SSI for the rest of his life.
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I know who the guy is. Highly unlikely they'll ever see much in the way of restitution. He went down the wrong path in life.
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That's what I would speculate.
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He ended up losing a leg over the bites.He'll most likely live off SSI for the rest of his life.
So is a sense we will be paying his fine.

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