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Lifetime Hunting Suspension Doesn't Deter Man Sentenced in Linn County Circuit Court
Keith B. Stein, Deputy District Attorney
Linn County District Attorney's Office
Office: (541) 967-3836
Sergeant Mari Chambers
Oregon State Police
Fish & Wildlife Division
Office: (503) 934-0322

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A lifetime hunting suspension didn't deter a Brownsville-area man who was sentenced last week to 10 months in the Linn County Jail following an Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division investigation. The most serious charge, "Violation of a Lifetime Hunting Suspension", led to a 180 day jail sentence.
RAYMOND EDWARD HILLSMAN, age 58, was sentenced October 13th to 10 months in jail by a Linn County Circuit Court judge following the investigation that began in January 2009. OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers and Linn County deputies responded to a Brownsville address following a report that HILLSMAN was trespassing on private property while attempting to retrieve his beagles. HILLSMAN was already being investigated by OSP Fish and Wildlife for allegedly hunting rabbits with his beagles on neighboring private timber land.
HILLSMAN has a lifetime hunting suspension and is a convicted felon stemming from a 1999 racketeering conviction. He was convicted of hunting bears with dogs, killing bears illegally and selling the bear gall bladders.
When Linn County deputies arrived to the trespassing complaint in Brownsville they found a shotgun and ammunition in his vehicle. He was arrested for "Felon in Possession of a Firearm" and "Criminal Trespass with a Firearm". Soon after this incident, OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers served a search warrant at HILLSMAN's residence. He was subsequently also charged with "Violation of a Lifetime Hunting Suspension."
HILLSMAN's ten month sentence in Linn County Jail is on the following charges:
  • 30 days for "Felon in Possession of Firearm"
  • 180 days for "Violation of a Lifetime Hunting Suspension"
  • 90 days for "Criminal Trespass with a Firearm"
HILLSMAN will also be placed on 36 months supervised probation with restrictions not to possess any game meat or any part of game mammal or fur-bearing mammal; not to engage in any kind of hunting or be with anyone who is hunting; and, not to train any dogs for hunting or live with anyone who owns dogs for hunting.