Police secretly plant GPS on man's truck without warrant to catch him poachingJudge refuses to hear complaint
Jul. 02, 2010
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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- A Utah man has pleaded no contest to bobcat poaching after authorities secretly installed a GPS on his truck to track his movements.
The 42-year-old North Ogden man, Jared Evans Beal, says police had no right to venture on his property without a warrant to install the GPS device.
The Utah Court of Appeals, however, refused to hear that complaint.
Beal pleaded no contest on last month to four poaching charges as prosecutors dropped eight other counts of wanton destruction of protected wildlife.
Beal will be sentenced July 22.
Prosecutors are recommending a penalty of 30 days in jail with work release.
Authorities used the GPS to track Beal to 35 trap sites across northern Utah three winters ago.
Information from: Standard-Examiner
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