At the conclusion of a plea sentence hearing held Wednesday, April 17, before Circuit Court Judge Brian Dretke in the Wallowa County courtroom, Timothy Don Harrison of rural Joseph was jailed for 30 days and had his hunting and fishing privileges taken away for life.
Harrison, 43, originally was arrested when a search warrant was served at his home Sept. 27, 2012, in expectation of finding evidence documenting Harrison as a violator of game violations. That legal search found anticipated game violation evidence and unanticipated marijuana and marijuana grow equipment.
The State of Oregon then charged Harrison with 14 different counts of unlawful activities. On Feb. 27, Harrison pled guilty to six of those 14 charges with the April 17 sentencing sealing the plea agreement Harrison pled guilty to that had been written by Wallowa County District Attorney Mona Williams and Harrisons attorney, Wes Williams of La Grande.
At the plea sentencing, Williams was allowed to argue that his client should be able to accompany family and friends on hunting and fishing trips during the 24 months of his probation.
Do we punish for punishments sake? queried Williams to Judge Dretke. His argument was that such unfairness could have a debilitating impact on his client and generate bitterness.
Williams responded by saying Harrison repeatedly had violated game laws and needed no leniencies tacked on during his probation period.
Judge Dretke agreed with the district attorney.
Williams noted that the 30-day jail sentence was issued in relation to the Class B felony of unlawful possession of marijuana. Harrison had served about two days in jail following his September 2012 arrest and is being credited for those two days.
Other than probation requirements and court fees, the plea agreement stipulated suspended sentences for the Class C felonies of identity theft and criminal possession of a forged instrument-1.
Three wildlife Class A misdemeanors hunting while privileges are suspended; angling while privileges are suspended; and taking salmon while angling privileges are suspended resulted in permanent removal of defendant Harrisons hunting and fishing privileges.