Ore. man gets 8 months in prison for deer poaching

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon man has been sentenced to eight months in prison for his role in what Oregon State Police have called the largest deer poaching case in state history.

The Register-Guard reports that 26-year-old Miguel Kennedy of Springfield was sentenced last week in Eugene after pleading guilty to identity theft, forgery, unlawfully transferring hunting tags and racketeering.

Racketeering is defined as collaborating with others in a pattern of criminal behavior using the same method to commit multiple crimes.

Several other Springfield residents have also been charged in the alleged illegal killing of nearly 300 deer between 2005 and 2010.

Kennedy will actually serve 14 months in prison as a result of also violating his probation in a previous case.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com