Low funding helps convicted poachers avoid jail

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A father and son convicted of leading Oregon's largest-ever deer poaching ring are not behind bars, despite a jail sentence that was supposed to coincide with the start of deer hunting season.

That's because Lane County doesn't have enough money to staff the entire jail. The Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/nYuAQE) the available jail beds are reserved for people convicted of violent crimes or otherwise deemed a threat to the community.

Instead of jail time, 60-year-old Rory Donoho and his 37-year-old son Shane Donoho will spend 90 days on house arrest monitored by electronic ankle bracelets.

Oregon State Police fish and wildlife officers estimated that the Donohos' poaching operation wiped out the deer population in two drainage basins of the McKenzie Wildlife Management District.

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