Two Texas hunters have been indicted on federal poaching charges, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.
Justin Klein, 29, Center, Texas was indicted on three counts of transporting deer across state lines after the deer were illegally taken in Kansas. The indictment alleges the deer were taken in violation of Kansas hunting laws Nov. 1, 2006, and Nov. 1, 2007, in Comanche County, Kan.
Johnny Risinger, 43, Mt. Enterprise, Texas, was indicted on one count of transporting a deer across state lines after the deer was illegally taken in Kansas. The indictment alleges the deer was taken in violation of Kansas hunting laws on Dec. 1, 2005, in Comanche County, Kan.
Both men are charged under the Lacey Act, which is a federal law that makes it illegal to knowingly transport or sell in interstate commerce any wildlife taken or possessed in violation of state law or regulation.
The indictments are related to a federal investigation that led to the convictions of James Bobby Butler, Jr., and Marlin Jackson Butler on charges of conspiracy and interstate trafficking of game illegally taken in Kansas. James Butler was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison and Marlin Butler was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison. In the initial indictment against the Butlers, Klein and Risinger were identified by the initials JK and JR.
If convicted, Risinger and Klein face a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $20,000 on each count. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Treaster is prosecuting.