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Poacher given probation, steep fines

Confessed poacher Richard W. Schroeder, of Festus, Mo., was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty last month to a felony and five misdemeanor counts for being involved in an illegal hunting operation in Garfield County involving at least two other Missouri hunters. Schroeder was sentenced in district court to three years deferred probation with 100 hours of public service and a complete loss of hunting privileges during his probation for his conviction for the Class 5 felony of willful destruction of wildlife. He was fined $2,080 for his five misdemeanor charges. But after court fees and other fines, he was ordered to pay $6,216 for his crimes. The sentence was the result of a plea agreement with the district attorney reached in May. Schroeder was allegedly part of an illegal hunting operation run by Gregory Jaegers of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., who faces 22 felony and misdemeanor counts for operating the guide service without a license, illegally selling wildlife without a license and illegally killing bear, deer and mountain lion without a license. Jaegers and alleged accomplice Keith C. Schweiss of Bloomsdale, Mo., are set to appear in district court on June 16.

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