Social media shares can backfire when you share something illegal. At least that’s what happened to Joseph Reid St. Pierre when he decided to post images of illegally killed elk and mule deer to Snapchat. The Oregon teenager recently pleaded guilty to many wildlife crimes, including multiple counts of poaching. He was sentenced to jail (though he may be released by the end of the month for good behavior) and lost his hunting license for life, the East Oregonian reports.
Oregon State Police was initially investigating St. Pierre for his involvement in a poached mule deer incident that occurred July 22 on Highway 395. Police used a search warrant to gain access to St. Pierre’s Snapchat account as well as St. Pierre’s two cellphones. According to the East Oregonian, St. Pierre had “multiple pictures of dead animals” as well as a video showing “multiple dead elk somewhere in a meadow like area” with “snow on the ground and a lot of blood from the elk.” Two pickup trucks – one belonging to St. Pierre and another to an unidentified man – were shown in the video; the unidentified pickup truck was filled with most of the poached elk. After questioning St. Pierre, his friends, and his girlfriend, police were also able to recover a mule deer buck’s head in a shed behind a house on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
St. Pierre was arrested on Jan. 6 and charged with seven different wildlife crimes, including multiple counts of poaching. While he did take plea deals, St. Pierre was still ordered to serve jail time, beginning June 10, and sentenced to five years probation and $2,300 in fines. According to the East Oregonian, he also lost his hunting privileges for life.
Do you think he received enough punishment for his crimes?