Fort Sumner man sentenced in poaching case

CNJ staff

FORT SUMNER — A 25-year-old Fort Sumner man was sentenced to 57 days in jail and ordered to pay $2,225 in fines and court costs last week after he pleaded guilty to five wildlife-related charges, according to a Department of Game and Fish press release.

According to the release:

• Loy Minton was originally was charged with 16 wildlife-related crimes stemming from an investigation into deer poaching in the Fort Sumner Valley.

• Minton pleaded guilty March 25 in De Baca County magistrate court to three counts of unlawful possession of deer and two counts of unlawful killing of deer. Minton forfeited the rifle used in the crimes and faces another 350 days in jail for probation violations.

• Minton also faces civil penalties to reimburse the state for the loss of the deer. Those penalties could be as high as $16,000 due to the trophy quality of three bucks, including a near state-record white-tailed deer.