Poacher faces four months, big fine | VailDaily.com

Poacher faces four months, big fine

Greg Massé

A Glenwood Springs hunter was sentenced Thursday to four months in jail and fined $27,500 for poaching a trophy-size bighorn sheep ram in Glenwood Canyon. Ninth District Judge James Boyd also gave Joshua Eli Lloyd, 25, a four-years in prison in connection with the animal killing, but the sentence has been deferred pending Lloyd’s ability to stay out of trouble with authorities. Lloyd will be allowed to continue working at his construction job through the county’s work-release program so he can help support his wife and three children. In that program, inmates can leave jail to go to work, but they must spend nights and weekends behind bar while serving out a sentence.After prosecutor Lawson Wills and Lloyd’s defense attorney, Andrew Peters, spoke to the court Thursday about how Lloyd should be sentenced, Lloyd addressed the court himself. “It was just a mistake. I want to pay for it, it’s all I can do,” he said. Lloyd also gave up five firearms seized during the arrest and was told he could no longer own any firearms. In May, Lloyd admitted to walking within 30 feet of the bighorn sheep ram in Glenwood Canyon, then using a .22-caliber rifle to kill it. Lloyd then cut the sheep’s head off and placed it in a plastic bag, Colorado Division of Wildlife officers said. Lloyd was arrested by Colorado Division of Wildlife officers who waited on March 7 near the sheep’s severed head for Lloyd to come back and pick up the sheep’s remains.As part of Lloyd’s plea deal, he was ordered to pay a lump sum of $25,000 prior to his hearing Thursday. Under the state’s Samson Law, illegal killing of trophy-size wildlife carries a $25,000 surcharge.The $25,000 will come back to Garfield County to be used for law enforcement or wildlife purposes. Lloyd was also fined $2,500 for the felony charge of willful destruction of a big game animal and other court costs.