FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 11, 2019) — A Flemingsburg, Kentucky, couple received a total of $7,500 in fines and forfeited their hunting guide licenses and hunting privileges for three years after pleading guilty to multiple charges related to the illegal harvest of a wild turkey this past spring in Lewis County.
Brandon Eddington, 30, and Chelsey Eddington, 29, each pleaded guilty Nov. 19 in Lewis County District Court to two counts of entering upon the lands of another to hunt without consent, and one count of illegally taking or pursuing a wild turkey. Each count carried a $1,000 fine.
In addition, Brandon Eddington also pleaded guilty to hunting without a license, hunting without a permit and failure to fill out a harvest log. Each of those charges carried a $500 fine. He also was sentenced to 30 days of house arrest, ordered to forfeit a firearm and a truck valued at $8,575, and must pay $500 restitution for the turkey.
The Eddingtons, who were licensed commercial hunting guides at the time, were charged after Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Conservation Officer Tony Nolan received a tip on April 26 and investigated the incident.
According to witnesses, Brandon Eddington and a client from out of state exited a truck and illegally accessed private property to pursue a turkey. The turkey was harvested. Chelsey Eddington returned to pick up Brandon Eddington and the client in the same truck that had dropped off the men, according to witnesses.
Nolan and another Kentucky Conservation Officer, Jeremy Meade, obtained written statements from witnesses. The officers also documented evidence at the scene, took photos of the area and obtained a copy of video footage.
Other circumstances related to the incident remain under investigation.