BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – A former Boulder police officer convicted of killing a treasured bull elk will not spend more time in jail.
Sam Carter, 37, was sentenced on Friday to more than $10,000 in fines and four years of probation. He was convicted for shooting the trophy elk animal known around town as “Big Boy.”
Carter killed the elk last year while it was grazing under a crabapple tree.
“I am haunted by this incident every hour of every day,” Carter said. “There is no rest of reprieve for me. My name and face have been plastered all around the world, social media, local news, paper, talk radio. Because of this attention I’m unable to even go to the grocery store or go to a restaurant without somebody recognizing me.”
In June, a jury convicted Carter of nine charges including taking of a big game animal out of season.
Prosecutors had asked the judge to send him to jail for a year but the judge declined to send Carter back behind bars.
The judge told the court a one-year sentence would be symbolic for the community but because of how sentences play out Carter likely would have only spent a few days being assessed before being released based on time served and good behavior.
Instead the judge sentenced Carter to four years probation with a number of restrictions including no alcohol and taking part in a work program.
The judge also imposed fines of more than $10,000 related to the convictions involving wildlife offenses. Video.