Muncie man facing several charges in connection with deer poaching case
William McKinney pleaded guilty to one count of criminal mischief damage and two counts of illegal taking of a wild animal on June 22, 2017. He was sentenced to 180 days for each count, all suspended. He’ll serve 360 days of probation. His other charges were dismissed.
MUNCIE, Ind. – Conservation officers plan to charge a Muncie man in connection with a deer poaching case out of Delaware County.
A two week investigation into the case started when sheriff’s deputies heard about the possible poaching and damages to a field while they were investigating reports of shots fired on Sept. 4.
After obtaining suspect information from the public through social media, officer executed a search warrant in the 8000 block of South US 35 in Muncie. There, they located and seized evidence including deer parts, firearms, and a vehicle.
Officers say the suspect at the address, William McKinney, 41, admitted to killing and illegally possessing two whitetail deer. He also allegedly admitted to driving through a standing bean field to retrieve one of the deer, which damaged some of the crop.
Officers plan to charge McKinney with illegal taking of whitetail deer, illegal possession of whitetail deer, criminal mischief, hindering a conservation officer, obstruction of justice, failure to provide proof of automobile insurance, false and fictitious automobile registration, and game breeder permit violations.
If anyone has information regarding poaching, polluting, or other natural resource crimes Conservation Officers encourage you to call 1-800-TIP-IDNR.