Two South Carolina law enforcement officers are in a mess of trouble -- and face $15,000 in fines and restitution -- for illegally hunting deer in Iowa. One lost his job. Here's the eye-catching news release today from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources:
Two South Carolina law enforcement officers pleaded guilty to falsely claiming
Holmes pleaded guilty to four counts of making false claims to obtain resident
In addition, Holmes was ordered by the court to return two sets of buck deer antlers to the Iowa DNR, and lost his hunting and fishing privileges in
Morris pleaded guilty to four counts of hunting and possessing game without valid resident Iowa DNR licenses and was ordered to pay the maximum fines, court costs, as well as $4,000 in liquidated damages for illegally taken wild game, and $1,400 restitution to the Iowa DNR for the difference between resident and non-resident license fees. The court further ordered Morris to return two sets of buck deer antlers to the Iowa DNR, and suspended his hunting and fishing privileges in
Morris was also charged with falsifying information to obtain an
Iowa conservation officer Dave Elledge received information on Morris and Holmes a few years ago, which began the investigation. The two stayed in an old rural farm house they used as camp.
"Any time an investigation involves law enforcement personnel, extra care and caution must be taken, in all aspects of the case," Elledge said "Confidentiality is of utmost importance, due to the fact one is dealing with individuals who are savvy to investigative techniques.
Several officers from northeast
The cases were prosecuted by Nathan Lein, assistant county attorney for