HAMILTON — A 45-year-old Darby man convicted of poaching elk, deer and moose over the past four years has been ordered to pay just over $9,000 in fines and restitution and has lost his hunting and fishing privileges for life.
Mark Thornton was sentenced Wednesday by District Judge Jeffrey Langton in Hamilton for unlawful possession of game animals and unlawful possession of a moose.
Prosecutors say some of the animals, including a moose and her calf, were shot from a porch after being lured by bait.
The Ravalli Republic reports Thornton told investigators he killed the animals on public land to feed his family.
Last week, Langton sentenced Thornton's 37-year-old co-defendant Chad Moen to 30 days in jail, ordered him to pay $6,000 in restitution and revoked his hunting and fishing privileges for life.