A professional hunter will spend a month in Bureau of Prisons custody after violating his federal probation. A news release Wednesday from U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office said U.S. Magistrate Judge James P. O’Hara ruled that William “Spook” Spann, 50, of Dickinson, Tenn., violated the conditions of his release after being convicted of a Lacey Act violation, a misdemeanor, in Kansas.
Last year, Spann pleaded guilty to illegally hunting and transporting a white-tailed deer in Stafford County. He was prohibited from hunting for six months, and ordered to pay $10,000 in fines and $10,000 in restitution.
June 10, the federal probation office in Kansas alleged Spann had violated his probation by hunting in Tennessee, and violated a Tennessee law against baiting wildlife.
O’Hara found that Spann violated probation by hunting in the U.S. within six months of his sentencing, and by baiting turkeys in violation of his home state’s law.
O’Hara’s orders put Spann on probation until Feb. 28, 2016, require him to spend a total of 30 days during nights and weekends in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons sometime between now and Feb. 28, and forbid him from hunting, in the U.S. or elsewhere, until Aug. 1, 2014.