Poaching has always been taken seriously by the U.S. criminal law and the current pandemic has evidently increased those concerns. On March 29 the Superior Court decided the fates of Jason Hutt and Wyatt Beck, two friends charged for illegal hunting in the Washington wild.
29-year-old Hutt’s convictions included 1st-degree unlawful hunting of big game and birds as well as waste of wildlife. He maintained his innocence but entered a best-interests plea, admitting that the least of evidence against him was exhaustive enough. He received 3 years in prison.
24-year-old Wyatt Beck, who used to hunt with Jason Hutt pleaded guilty to four counts of unlawful hunting of big game and received 240 hours of community service.
Jason Hutt became the first Washington state resident to be imprisoned for poaching. While he was initially convicted two years ago, the severity of his sentence serves as a reminder to be more responsible these days.