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Idaho jury convicts Rammell in elk poaching case

July 2, 2011 at 2:02 a.m.
Updated July 5, 2011 at 2:05 a.m.


IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) - An eastern Idaho jury has convicted former gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell of illegally shooting and killing a cow elk.

The Post Register reports that the jury of six people deliberated about an hour on Friday before finding Rammell guilty of misdemeanor unlawful possession of wildlife.

Magistrate Judge Stephen Clark suspended Rammell's hunting license for two years and ordered him to serve 180 days in jail, with all but five days of the jail sentence suspended.

Clark also ordered Rammell to pay a $250 process fee as well as $1,500 in fines, suspending $500 of the fines.

Rammell says he didn't get a fair trial and will appeal. Because of the appeal, Rammell's jail sentence was stayed.

Idaho officials say Rammell was in illegal possession of an elk on Dec. 8.

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Information from: Post Register, http://www.postregister.com

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