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May 21, 2012

Brothers sentenced for elk poaching

Two brothers from the Blodgett area have received jail sentences for elk poaching, according to the Oregon State Police.

Mitchell Paul Prindel, 23, and Tony McLain Prindel, 24, were arrested in February in connection with two elk-poaching incidents, and later pleaded guilty to a number of charges.

They were sentenced Monday in Lincoln County Circuit Court.

Mitchell Prindel was sentenced to 135 days in jail, a 2,458 fine, $6,000 restitution (jointly with his brother), a three-year hunting license suspension and five years' probation.

Tony Prindel was sentenced to 120 days in jail, a $2,212 fine, $6,000 restitution (jointly with his brother), a three-year hunting license suspension, and five years' probation.

The brothers' February arrests stem from an investigation by the OSP Fish and Wildlife Division troopers with the assistance of Benton County Sheriff's Office. A reward of $3,000 was paid to an anonymous person who provided critical information helping lead to an arrest and conviction, according to OSP.

The first case started Nov. 3, 2011, after a hunter found the remains of a 5-point bull elk on Starker Forest Stutz Tree Farm in the Burnt Woods area. Two days later a dead cow elk was found in the same area. The cow elk was covered with brush and a large portion left to waste. OSP Fish & Wildlife Division troopers determined both poaching incidents were related.

Senior Trooper Doug Canfield and Senior Trooper Ryan Kehr, with the assistance of Benton County Forest Deputy Brent Iverson, identified the two brothers as suspects.

The reward included $500 from the Oregon Hunters Association and $2,500 from The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust.

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