Junior L. Troyer, 43, of Millersburg, had his day in court recently, where he pleaded no contest to five charges of illegally shooting a trophy 26-point whitetail buck in Coshocton County on Nov. 7.

Coschocton County Municipal Court Judge Timothy L. France found Troyer guilty on all five charges, fining him $150 on each charge and another $87 for court costs. France then ordered Troyer to pay a $27,904.46 “restitution” fine to the state of Ohio for the value of the deer, which scored 228 7/8 on the Boone and Crockett scoring system.

Troyer also was sentenced to 60 days in jail and had his hunting privileges revoked for two years, but France said that if Troyer paid his fines in full, he would suspend Troyer’s jail time and cut his revoked hunting privileges to just one year. Troyer paid his fines totaling $28,741.46 in full.

Charges against Troyer included (1) providing false information while game-checking a deer; (2), attaching a game-check number to a deer that was originally issued to another; (3) taking more than one antlered deer in a licensed year; (4) possessing deer or deer parts (26-pointer) without valid tag and/ or permit; and (5), attaching an antlerless doe game-check number to an antlered deer.

Wildlife officers from four counties worked together on the case, with Holmes County wildlife officer Jeremy Carter and canine Finn instrumental in finding the first deer that Troyer shot on Nov. 7, an eight-pointer.

Also helping bring the charges to fruition was Coschocton City Law Director Robert Skelton.