Hunter Convicted of Shooting Wild Assateague Island Horse

Feb 17, 2012


     Officials at Assateague Island National Seashore say the sentencing of a father and son charged with shooting a Wild Assateague Island Horse and giving a false report to Park officials, will serve as an example to other hunters.

    The cases of Justin Eason and John Eason were heard in the Salisbury Federal Court on Feb. 10.

    Justin Eason was convicted of shooting a 28-year-old Assateaugue Island Mare during a deer hunt on January 15, 2011.

     A Federal Magistrate Judge ordered Justin Eason to pay $2,000  restitution for the horse and pay a $3,000 fine. The Judge also sentenced Eason to 18 months of supervised probation.

    Justin Eason’s father, John Eason, was sentenced to 12 months of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine for providing a false report to Park Rangers.

     Both men were banned from hunting on all Federal lands for five years and under conditions of their prohibition, they must complete a hunter education and safety course.

    Chief Ranger Ted Morlock said the Eason's sentencing would have been less severe, had the two men reported the violation immediately instead of lying about their involvement several times.