Alleged poacher a no-show in court | PostIndependent.com

Alleged poacher a no-show in court

Bobby MagillPost Independent Staff

Accused poacher Richard W. Schroeder, of Festus, Mo., was a no-show in court on Wednesday, when he was to be advised of charges against him. Schroeder was allegedly part of an illegal hunting operation in Garfield County with two other hunters from eastern Missouri. Charges for Schroeder, 45, are not available because he has not appeared before authorities in Colorado. According to a Colorado Division of Wildlife press release, Schroeder will likely face multiple felony counts. Attorney Dennis Walters appeared in court on Schroeder’s behalf. Walters said he could not comment for this story. Judge Lain Leoniak issued a stayed bench warrant for Schroeder, requiring him to appear in court in person May 4, or be arrested. Schroeder’s alleged accomplices, Gregory Jaegers, of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., and Keith Schweiss, of Bloomsdale, Mo., are set to appear in court the same day. Jaegers, who ran the allegedly illegal hunting operation, faces 22 felony and misdemeanor counts for illegally selling wildlife, killing bear, deer and mountain lion without a license and operating an outfitter service without a license. Schweiss faces fewer charges, including two felony counts. Contact Bobby Magill: 945-8515, ext. 520bmagill@postindependent.com


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