Colorado

Nov 18, 2010 6:45 PM by Greg Boyce

Guide fined in illegal hunting operation

A longtime outfitter from Parker and three out-of-state clients have been fined almost $40,000 in an illegal hunting case in eastern Colorado.

The case focused on Thomas Tietz, 56, and incidents that happened in Lincoln and Elbert counties from 2006 to 2008.

Tietz was fined $13,750 and was placed on supervised probation for two years. He also faces the lifetime loss of his hunting and fishing privileges in Colorado and 34 other states that are cooperators in the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.  He is no longer a registered outfitter in Colorado.

Two other defendants, Thomas W. Franks, 56, of Harrisburg, Ill., and Amy S. Word, 35, of Newburgh, Ind., pleaded guilty in November 2009 to three counts of illegal possession of wildlife, including Samson violations, also under agreements that resulted in the dismissal of numerous other charges. Each was fined $11,968.50.

The fourth defendant, 57-year-old Blaise Pignotti of St. Louis, Mo., pleaded guilty to two counts of illegal possession of wildlife in July, 2009. Pignotti was fined $1,968.50.

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