The ruling by the Sixth District Court of Appeals in Toledo sends Bellevue resident Arlie Risner’s case back to Huron County for further legal proceedings.
Risner had pleaded no contest in a hunting without permission case alleging he shot a deer in 2010 on railroad property near Willard. Risner contends he shot the deer on a relative’s property with her permission but that the mortally wounded deer walked away and died by the tracks. He says he entered the plea to make the case go away.
State game officials said the buck was worth $27,851 because of its unusually large rack of horns and pressed Risner to pay the bill, saying he’d lose his hunting and fishing license until he paid up.
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