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Nine Arraigned in Lane County on Numerous Wildlife Crimes, Racketeering and Other Criminal Offenses
04/28/2011
Sergeant Ron Martin
Fish & Wildlife Division
Springfield Area Command Office
(541) 726-2536 ext. 206

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Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division troopers from the Springfield, Albany, Bend, Oakridge, Florence and Roseburg offices completed a 15-month investigation into unlawful hunting activities that led this month to the indictment of nine people by a Lane County Grand Jury. The 9 Springfield-area residents were arraigned Thursday, April 28, on numerous criminal charges including wildlife crimes, ID theft, computer crimes and racketeering in Lane County Circuit Court.
 
The investigation led by Trooper Marc Boyd of the OSP Springfield Area Command office alleges a long criminal conspiracy involving the illegal harvest of approximately 300 deer in the McKenzie wildlife management unit over the last five years. Search warrants served at three separate locations during January 2011 in both Springfield and Eugene led to the seizure of 18 hunting rifles, 108 sets of antlers, timber company keys, numerous hunting licenses and tags, approximately 1600 pounds of processed wild game meat, and two whole unlawfully taken cow elk.
 
The nine suspects identified below were arraigned on the following criminal charges:

 
SHANE E. DONOHO, age 37, from Springfield
- Identity Theft (5 counts)
- Unlawful Take of Big Game (5 counts)
- Unlawful Possession of Game Mammal
- Unlawful Possession of Big Game Parts (50 counts)
- Forgery in the Second Degree
- Computer Crime (6 counts)
- Unlawful Hunting Cow Elk
- Racketeering

 
RORY E. DONOHO, age 60, from Springfield
- Unlawful Loaning of Big Game Tag
- Unlawful Borrowing of Hunting Tag (3 counts)
- Identity Theft (2 counts)
- Unlawful Take Antlerless Deer
- Unlawful Possession of Big Game Parts (50 counts)
- Racketeering

 
GERALD S. DONOHO, age 64, from Springfield
- Unlawful Hunting Cow Elk
- Unlawful Possession of Bear Meat
- Racketeering
 

LAURA A. DONOHO, age 36, from Springfield
- Unlawful Loaning or Transfer of Hunting Tag
- Attempted Unlawful Loaning of Hunting Tag
- Unlawful Take of Antlerless Deer
- Racketeering
 
SANDRA L. SHAFFER, age 59, from Springfield
- Unlawful Possession of Antlerless Deer
- Attempted Unlawful Loaning or Transfer of Hunting Tag
- Racketeering
 
DANNY M. HAWKINS, age 60, from Springfield
- Unlawful Loaning or Transfer of Hunting Tag (3 counts)
- Racketeering
 
MIGUEL A. KENNEDY, age 26, from Springfield
- Identity Theft (4 counts)
- Forgery in the Second Degree (2 counts)
- Unlawful Loaning or Transfer of Hunting Tag
- Racketeering

 
MARY S. NORMAND, age 61, from Springfield
- Unlawful Loaning or Transfer of Hunting Tag (2 counts)
- Racketeering
 
SHAWN STONE, age 48, from Springfield
- Unlawful Borrowing of Big Game Tag (2 counts)
- Unlawful Take of Cow Elk
- Racketeering
 
Additional charges may be still be pending in both Lane and Harney counties.
 
The offenses allegedly occurred during 2009 and 2010 in Lane County on both Bureau of Land Management and private timber lands. The wildlife unlawfully taken and/or possessed were Elk, Antelope, and Bear, and primarily Black tail deer. Many of the deer were taken to fill tags for people who either do not hunt or who had their identification stolen for the purpose of illegally obtaining hunting licenses and tags in their name.
 
A break in the case came when one of the victims of identification theft received an ODFW big game tooth envelope in the U.S. mail and contacted the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to advise them of their mistake. The initial investigation indicated hunting licenses and tags were bought in the reporting person's name without their consent or knowledge.
 
OSP Fish & Wildlife Division troopers served search warrants with the assistance of BLM law enforcement, Lane County parole and probation, the Lane County District Attorney's Office and OSP patrol troopers. Forest deputies with the Lane County Sheriff's Office assisted in the recovery of the two cow elk unlawfully taken the same day a search warrant was served.
 
The above mentioned crimes are punishable by the following:
- All wildlife offenses are a class A misdemeanor and punishable by up to one year in jail and $6250.00 in fines for each count.
- Racketeering is a class A felony punishable by up to twenty years in jail and $375,000 in fines for each count.
- Identification Theft is a class C felony punishable by up to five years in jail and $125,000 in fines for each count.
- Forgery in the Second Degree is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and $6250 in fines for each count.
- Computer Crime in this case is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and $6250 in fines.
- "Attempted" wildlife offenses are B misdemeanors punishable by up to 6 months in jail and $2500 in fines for each count.
- Restitution may be pursued for the unlawfully taken/possessed game mammals and other actions as provided by law. Each antelope, deer and bear have a value of $800, and each elk $1500. Enhanced restitution amounts for deer with at least four points on one antler is $7500 and each elk with at least 6 points on one antler is $15,000.
 
Cases involving illegal conduct such as this should be reported to the Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) line (800-452-7888) for the protection and future enjoyment of our natural resources.