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Poacher sentenced to nearly seven years in prison for wildlife crimes

Drummond poached four elk, three deer, a black bear and a bobcat

BUCHANAN COUNTY, Va. – A man who poached more than a half dozen wild animals has been sentenced in Buchanan General District Court.

Nelson Drummond was sentenced to 2,370 days, plus an additional six months of incarceration, as well as a five-year loss of hunting privileges and restitution of $25,500.

Drummond poached four elk, three deer, a black bear and a bobcat.

This investigation began in April 2016 when authorities were alerted to an illegally killed bull elk lying off the road with its head removed.

During the investigation, Virginia Conservation Police Officers found videos and pictures of Drummond with several of the animals, including a video of him describing his actions as "Poaching 101."

They determined that on multiple occasions that he used a .22-caliber lever-action rifle with a laser sight to kill the animals.

During sentencing, Judge Henry Barringer stated, "There is no reason to kill animals in that nature," and characterized Drummond's actions as "cruel."