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Two Notable Poaching Case Suspects Sentenced in Lane County Circuit Court
07/13/2011
Jay Hall, Deputy District Attorney
Lane County District Attorney's Office
(541) 682-4261
 
Sergeant Ron Martin
Oregon State Police
Fish & Wildlife Division
(541) 726-2536

Two additional suspects sentenced in one of Oregon's most notable poaching operations, SHANE and RORY DONOHO of Springfield, Oregon, pled guilty Tuesday to multiple felony and misdemeanor crimes in Lane County Circuit Court.
 
The case was investigated by the Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division troopers from the Springfield Area Command with assistance from, Albany, Bend, Oakridge, Florence and Roseburg offices. The 15-month investigation into the poaching operation also led investigators to multiple other crimes including Identity Theft, Computer Crime and Racketeering.
 
In April 2011, SHANE and RORY DONOHO, along with seven other people, were indicted by a Lane County Grand Jury on numerous criminal charges including wildlife crimes, Identity Theft, computer crimes and racketeering. The men were arraigned April 28 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 two ring leaders identified below pled guilty July 12, 2011 in Lane County Circuit Court and were sentenced on the following 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 Hunting of Antlerless Elk
- Unlawful Possession of Big Game Parts (50 counts)
- Forgery in the Second Degree
- Computer Crime (10 counts)
- Racketeering
 
SHANE DONOHO was sentenced to:
- 360 days in jail in four 90-day segments beginning on October 1, 2011 through 2014 - - - 5 years probation with strict guidelines
- 400 hours community service
- Forfeit 14 seized firearms, meat and antlers
- Pay $42,000 restitution to ODFW
- Pay $3,200 restitution to OSP
- Lifetime hunting license suspension
 
* RORY E. DONOHO, age 60, from Springfield
- Unlawful Loaning of Big Game Tag
- Unlawful Borrowing of Hunting Tag (3 counts)
- Identity Theft
- Unlawful Take Antlerless Deer
- Unlawful Possession of Big Game Parts (50 counts)
- Racketeering
 
RORY DONOHO was sentenced to:
- 360 days in jail in four 90 day segments beginning October 1, 2011 through 2014
- 5 years probation
- Forfeit all seized firearms
- Pay $20,000 in restitution to ODFW
- Lifetime hunting license suspension
 
The offenses 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 included Black tail Deer, and Elk.
 
The investigation revealed a long time criminal enterprise primarily involving the unlawful take of 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. The Lane County Sheriff's Office forest deputies also assisted in the recovery of the two cow elk unlawfully taken the same day a search warrant was served.
 
Due to meat inspection protocols the meat seized can not be utilized for human consumption and will be donated to various wildlife rehabilitation facilities. The firearms will go to the Division of State Lands to be sold at auction with the proceeds going to the common school fund.
 
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.