Livingston County Men Sentenced for Spotlighting Raccoons, Selling Pelts

Livingston County Men Sentenced for Spotlighting Raccoons, Selling Pelts

Two Livingston County men have been sentenced for spotlighting raccoons and the illegal sale of raccoon pelts.
(CHILLICOTHE, Mo.) Two Livingston County men have been sentenced for spotlighting raccoons and the illegal sale of raccoon pelts.

Lester L. Hines, 52, of Avalon, Mo., was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of illegal sale of wildlife with a value greater than $500.

Billy F. Hicks, 53, of Avalon, Mo., was sentenced to four months probation after pleading guilty to the same charge.

The two were arrested in December of 2012. Conservation agents found 125 raccoon pelts valued at more than $1,000.

Hines later told agents the raccoons had been shot using spotlights while riding on an ATV, which is illegal in Missouri. Firearms, drug paraphernalia, drug residue, spotlights and a raccoon carcass were found during a search of the suspects' home and garage.


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