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Deer value key in Kansas hunting camp sentencing

KSAL Staff - October 27, 2013 11:45 am

A federal judge has dismissed part of a lawsuit filed by a former University of Kansas rower who says a Jayhawk football player sexually assaulted her in 2015.

A federal judge is expected to hear testimony on the market value of deer before sentencing two Texas brothers convicted of running a Kansas hunting camp where hunters paid thousands of dollars to shoot deer illegally.

James Bobby Butler Jr. was the owner and operator of the hunting camp. His brother, Marlin Jackson Butler, worked as a guide. The brothers, both from Martinsville, Texas, pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate a federal law prohibiting the interstate transport of wildlife taken in violation of state regulations.

James Butler also pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice.

An appeals court last year said the district court made a mistake in 2011 in calculating sentences based on the full price of a guided hunt, rather than the actual retail value of the animals.