Two former deputy city marshals were sentenced to one year of probation after illegally seizing deer antlers found by a man at a city park, then showing them off as their own.
George Tom Wood, 61, and William Eugene Fox, 45, were found guilty of official oppression, a Class A misdemeanor, by state District Judge Ruben Gonzalez after a two-day joint trial that concluded Monday. If the men violate their probation, they must serve 90 days in jail.
Wood and Fox were suspended and later fired after Anthony Brown complained to officials that the two took a large set of shed antlers that he’d found March 23, 2010, on city-owned land at Surfside Drive and Jacksboro Highway.
Brown said Tuesday that the issue wasn’t the antlers; it was the principle of right and wrong. He remains in disbelief that the officers risked their jobs and reputations and could potentially lose their peace officer licenses “all over something as dumb as a set of deer antlers.”