The majority of the Monday morning session in Sheridan County Circuit Court focused on four separate Game and Fish cases.
The first involved Larry S. Richards who failed to tag a bull elk and made a false statement regarding game he had taken. He was fined $250 plus $30 court costs on each count. Judge John Sampson suspended $100 from each sentence for a total of a $360 fine, as well as revoking Richards' hunting and fishing privileges for one full year.
The next three cases all had to do with the defendants making false oaths on their residency registrations. Conlin P. Parrot was fined $250 plus $30 court costs for false oath. Mr. Parrott had lived in Wyoming for about 15 months when he bought a WY license; however, he also held a Montana license during a portion of that time.
Logan B. Matteson received the same fine for a similar violation. While both men moved here from Montana, neither appeared to be associated with the other. The charge for both is considered a High Misdemeanor, which could have potentially found them fined up to $10,000 and sentenced to jail time. Judge Sampson determined that neither man intentionally set out to break the law.
Such was not the case, however, with Cory E. Tasler, who was charged with five counts of making false statements of residency on four deer licenses and one fishing license; and one count of accessory after the fact in taking a mule deer out of season. Game and Fish officials testified that Tasler, who moved here from Minnesota, had applied for Minnesota residency licenses in '06, '07 and '08 while at the same time applying for Wyoming residency licenses in '07, '08 and '09. Tasler must pay $1,980 in fines for the six charges, $2,000 in restitution to the Wyoming Game and Fish, and has had his hunting and fishing privileges suspended for six years.