Big mountain snowboarder Mark Carter was sentenced to three years probation Monday, June 4, 2012 after pleading guilty to charges that he participated in “illegal hunts for several out-of-state hunters on his family’s Wyoming ranch.” Carter’s brother R.C. was also sentenced to five months in prison, according to a story in the Rapid City Journal.
On top of their sentences, both R.C. and Mark Carter each voluntarily paid $75,000 in restitution to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. . . After [Judge] Freudenthal announced the sentence, R.C. Carter said that since high school he had been led to believe that swapping out hunting tags wasn’t that big of a deal. . . “I think the best use for me is to spread the word that these crimes are taken seriously,” he said.
Thankfully, prosecutors asked the judge to “go easy” on Mark Carter as he reportedly “played only a minor role in the operation by doing routine chores and cooking.” Good news as it could have gone much, much worse for the whole family.
[Link: Rapid City Journal]