After killing an estimated 40 deer out of season and without a license, two Tennessee men have been handed down a punishment unlike one we have ever seen.
Densibel Calzada, 23, and Eddy Albert 21, residents of La Vergne, Tennessee were arrested after the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) received a call from a landowner reporting the two as trespassing and went to investigate. At that time they were each issue citations and two days later they were picked up by a Smyrna police officer after finding beer and dead deer in their truck.
Immediately after the dead animals were found, authorities obtained search warrants for the individuals home and cell phones, which lead to the discovery of the cull and the gruesome nature in which it took place.
TWRA Sgt. Matt Brian told The Tennessean it was difficult to know exactly how many deer these men killed.
“We will never know how many deer these two killed, but we believe they could have poached at least 40,” said Brian. “We charged them with violations based on the strongest evidence we found showing the seriousness of their poaching crimes.”
TWRA information officer Doug Markham had the opportunity to review some of the evidence found on their cell phones that left him with a disturbed feeling about the two men.
“They were getting on top of the deer and doing all sorts of things,” said Markham. “They had one where the deer was still alive and they blew his head off. They were high-fiving each other after showing the hole where they had shot one at nighttime. I didn’t see all of the videos, but the officer said some of it was just really grotesque.”
The two men each received a lifetime hunting ban across 44 states, were ordered to pay $1,000 each in court costs, $5,000 in restitution, had their weapons confiscated, are required to perform 100 hours community service for the TWRA and are placed on 18 months probation.
H/T: The Tennessean