2 Florida men sentenced for trafficking in white-tailed deer

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LIVE OAK, Fla. (AP) – Two Florida men have been sentenced for trafficking in live white-tailed deer from Ohio.

The father and son from Live Oak were sentenced Monday in Columbus, Ohio, federal court.

The father owns hunting preserves in Live Oak and Logan County, Ohio. According to court documents, he illegally shipped deer from Ohio to Florida and attempted to ship deer from Ohio to Georgia. Authorities say the herds weren’t certified to be disease-free.

Donald W. Wainwright Sr., 49, was sentenced to 21 months in prison and a $125,000 fine for 12 charges related to violating the Lacey Act, one count of conspiracy and one count of wire fraud. His 29-year-old son was sentenced to four months of house arrest and three years’ probation for eight charges related to violating the Lacey Act.

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