Fort Sumner man sentenced in deer poaching case

By QCS 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.