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Published May 01 2012

Moorhead 19-year-old to serve 30 days in jail for shooting deer in city

MOORHEAD – A 19-year-old Moorhead man was sentenced to 30 days in jail and will lose his hunting privileges for three years after pleading guilty to poaching deer within city limits.

Adam Nash Jackson entered guilty pleas Monday to a gross misdemeanor charge of transporting illegal big game and a misdemeanor charge of taking a deer with an invalid license.

Jackson admitted to illegally transporting a deer on Nov. 6 and illegally shooting a deer on Nov. 7 in north Moorhead, said his public defender, Joe Parise.

One deer was shot near the 15th Avenue North toll bridge and the other was shot near Johnson Park, according to the complaint filed in Clay County District Court.

“I think he has never denied that it was just foolish and that he just didn’t follow the law,” Parise said.

Judge Lisa Borgen sentenced Jackson to a year in jail, of which he must serve 30 days with work release and credit for two days served. The remaining 335 days will be stayed during two years of unsupervised probation.

Parise noted Jackson also must pay $500 in restitution for both deer and will lose his hunting privileges for three years because of the gross misdemeanor conviction.

“So it’s not like there aren’t collateral consequences from this,” he said.