A Loveland man Thursday admitted to four charges in a plea deal that dismissed 20 others related to the illegal hunting of a black bear, mule deer and pronghorn buck.
Paul Detwiler, 28, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of possession of firearms by a previous offender and lesser charges of illegal possession of wildlife, prohibited taking of black bears and illegal trapping.
The deal also requires him to return a stolen U.S. Marine Corps uniform or face an additional criminal charge.
Detwiler, a convicted felon, was arrested in January after an undercover investigation by state game wardens. He was charged with 16 counts of possession of firearms by a previous offender, in addition to charges related to illegal possession of the bear, deer and pronghorn.
The investigation alleged that Detwiler shot elk, antelope, coyote, prairie dogs and pronghorn. Some of the hunting took place out-of-season, and investigators also reported that Detwiler used illegal leg-hold traps to kill skunks, raccoons and other wildlife.
The plea agreement keeps Detwiler out of prison, but he will serve time in either intensive supervised probation or community corrections. He also must undergo a mental health evaluation and forfeit all weapons and traps. He also is banned from any hunting activities.
Detwiler, who posted $15,000 bond, is to be sentenced Aug. 20.