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Man indicted in ATV-related deer deaths

July 23, 2010 at 01:06 PM

CLINTON, Ill. (AP) - A central Illinois man has been indicted on charges that accuse him of using an ATV to run down seven deer near Clinton Lake.

DeWitt County State’s Attorney Richard Koritz says 21-year-old Clay Reeves of Clinton was released from jail Friday after posting $15,000 bond. Reeves was arrested Thursday.

Reeves was indicted on a charge of felony animal torture and 57 misdemeanor counts mostly related to the unlawful taking of deer. He hasn’t entered a plea.

Reeves is accused of using the ATV to run down the deer near the nuclear power plant at the lake.

Court officials aren’t sure if Reeves has an attorney. A telephone listing for him couldn’t be located.

Koritz says the investigation is still open, but he isn’t sure if there will be more arrests.

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I am sure glad that they caught this guy, but as this story was first released I said it was some dumb kid. Now for the punishment, how about a ton of hours picking up deer carcasses off of the state highways during the summer time and cleaning up in a state park somewhere. With jail time, he sits in a cell and we pay for him to sit there, and with a hefty fine he just buys his way out, make him work it off and he might just learn something, MAYBE!!!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/23 at 03:19 PM

I agree with Berlin make this guy work it off there are enough people sitting in the jails. Why should we pay for another one to sit. I also agree with making sure this individual NEVER hunts again no matter what state he lives in or visit’s. It is also distrubing to read Sevens comment on someone over hearing him talk about the ( possum kicking ) this type of person that would be so crule to animals only leads to more crime later in life. So we all know how the state works but let’s hope they STOP this Killer before it goes any further.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/24 at 10:23 AM

Put him in a small cage (no ATV), with a horny ten pointer tending a doe and see what happens.  Life time hunting suspension is a good start.  I agree, he will probably Lawyer up and pay a small fine.  Better to work off the penalty.  This is an adult, and should be held accountable.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/24 at 01:03 PM

You guys are all idiots. Wait until he is convicted to pass judgement.  He is innocent until proven guilty.

I dont know the guy, but coming from experience rumors get going and the truth gets stretched pretty fast. 

Lets just lay off till the judge reads the verdict.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/24 at 06:02 PM

Thanks for making hunter look good, Clay.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/24 at 10:00 PM

i think i ran into some of the backwoods bowhunting bunch while out on the town in bloomington during the state show.  Do they go to that?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/25 at 01:11 AM

Murdy—-

I hope one day you get convicted of a crime you didn’t commit. You are so quick to just say he’s guilty and not even let the facts come out.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/25 at 08:35 AM

Well they have to have something to arrest him on, they can’t just arrest him for nothing. And if they arrested him on 57 misdemenor counts they’ve obviously been watching him for a while.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/25 at 01:46 PM

This happened back in the middle of winter. The CPO’s did their homework on this & built a good case. They did it by the book & probably have more then enough evidence, if they are charging him with 57 misdemeanor counts.

They don’t mistakenly charge someone with 57 counts ?????

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/25 at 08:45 PM

In this situation, the case was presented to a Grand Jury already. That is how you get an indictment. (If the media is reporting this accurately and did not substitute indicted for arrested). A group of Dewitt County citizens have already heard and seen the evidence, and voted that, yes, it is more likely than not that this person committed these crimes. It is not yet at the burden level of beyond a reasonable doubt, which will be determined at the criminal portion of the trial if there is one. Point is, a grand jury indictment carries a certain level of credibility that this is not a commentary free zone.

Murdy, the state couldn’t touch the “deer gone wild” guy because most wildlife code violations have a 2 year statute of limitations. The Feds had a 5 year limit, that is why they tried the Federal route. That guy did all of his stuff over 2 years prior so he was untouchable from a state perspective.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/26 at 08:35 AM

He ran over a 200” plus deer with his truck 2 years ago.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/26 at 09:34 AM

The 200” plus non-typical he “accidentally” hit on the road a couple of years ago was one I’d been watching for awhile….made me sick.  Still think it’s all coincidence?  There’s more to the story fellas.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/26 at 11:16 AM

the deer gone wild guy also wasn’t prosecuted because it’s not illegal to fortify your truck so it won’t be damaged by animals on the road. it’s also not illegal to make no effort to miss animals on the road. it’s also not illegal to purposely run over animals on the road.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/27 at 02:10 PM

would running them over on the road be classified as harassing or disturbing?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/28 at 07:13 AM

If it was intentional it would be.  I’d say having a video camera rolling and conveniently capturing numerous “accidents” on camera would be classified intentional.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/28 at 07:53 AM

Let me understand.  Are there actually people out there, presumably hunters, who are sticking up for guys who intentionally run deer down with ATV’s and trucks?  Seriously?  You have nothing better to defend?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/29 at 10:02 AM

how bout everyone drops it, he hasnt even been convicted!!!

Posted by DEER777 on 07/29 at 03:41 PM

O.J. was convicted and is currently serving what will end up being life in prison in Nevada. I would never defend the deer commander guy but was giving a reason why he wasn’t prosecuted. If it was up to me I would take the guy and ..............

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