Texas man convicted of poaching deer receives unique sentence

An image of this 19-point buck taken in Grayson County provided evidence refuting John Drinnon’s claim he harvested the big deer in Oklahoma. (Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. photo via KXII-TV)
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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII-TV) Judge Jim Fallon of the 15th District Court in Sherman has sentenced a man caught poaching a deer to spend weekends during deer hunting season in jail for the next five years.

John Walker Drinnon, 34, of Whitesboro was convicted of poaching a 19-point white-tailed buck with a rifle in Grayson County -- an archery-only county on private property -- a state jail felony.

Fallon ordered Drinnon to spend every weekend of hunting season in jail for the next five years.

Drinnon also was sentenced to five years of probation and must pay $18,048.10 in civil restitution.

The amount of the fine was predicated on the deer's Boone and Crockett score, which is based the number of antler points and various measurements of the antlers.

The stag scored 202 on the Boone and Crockett scale, giving it an estimated value of $18,048.10.

Boone and Crockett scores were developed by the Boone and Crockett club and are used to compare trophy animals.

Fallon also prohibited Drinnon from purchasing a hunting license while on probation.