An Indiana man who illegally killed a massive 10-point whitetail avoided jail time through a plea agreement with prosecutors, and infamously said after his arrest, “If I admit I killed it, can I keep the rack?”
A Brownsburg man accused in early October of poaching a massive trophy buck in the dark from a Marion County roadway pleaded guilty Monday to three misdemeanors but avoided jail time.
Under his plea agreement, Donald Ward, 47, was placed on probation for 178 days and ordered to perform 80 hours of community service. In exchange for his plea, a 178-day jail sentence was suspended.
Ward also gave up his hunting and fishing license for a year. He must pay a $500 fine and court costs and forfeit the .270-caliber rifle he used to shoot the huge and elusive 10-point buck local archery hunters had nicknamed “Nightmare.”