Sentencing for poachers gets continuance

Two Texas brothers expected to get years in jail and tens of thousands of dollars in fines have been granted a continuance for their formal sentencing.

James Butler, Jr. and Marlin Butler were to be sentenced by District Judge Wesley Brown on Thursday.

Now they’ll be sentenced June 21 and June 24 respectively in federal court in Wichita.

The Butlers pleaded guilty on March 16. James Butler’s agreement included 41 months in prison and about $50,000 in fines and restitution. Marlin Butler’s agreement included 27 months in prison and about $20,000 in fines and restitution.

In March Brown repeatedly reminded the Butlers he was not required to follow their pleas upon formal sentencing.

The Butlers operated Camp Lone Star in Comanche County for several years. The outfitters repeatedly assisted and encouraged clients to illegally obtain deer permits and illegally kill trophy whitetail and mule deer bucks.

Involving more than 60 people and the poaching of more than 100 deer some law enforcement experts think it’s the largest trophy deer poaching case in history.

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