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FAYETTE COUNTY (KWWL) - South Carolina Law Officers Plead Guilty to DNR Charges

Two South Carolina law enforcement officers have pled guilty to multiple DNR related charges filed in Fayette County, Iowa.

Kester "Kess" Holmes, Age 33, of 625 Bonham Rd., Saluda, South Carolina pled guilty to four counts of making false claims to obtain resident Iowa deer licenses, and one count of making false claims to obtain an Iowa resident turkey license, when in fact he was a resident of, and Deputy Sheriff in Saluda County, South Carolina. Holmes was sentenced to pay maximum fines and court costs,  as well as damages for illegally taken game, and make restitution to the Iowa DNR for loss of revenue for the difference between resident and non-resident license fees. In addition, Holmes was ordered  by the Court to return two sets of buck deer antlers to the Iowa DNR, and the Court further ordered Holmes' hunting and fishing privileges in Iowa suspended for a period of five years. His fines, costs and restitution exceed $9,000.

Phillip Lee Morris, Age 34, a State Trooper for the South Carolina State Patrol, of 102 Bob's Lane, Saluda, South Carolina has pled guilty to four counts of hunting and possessing game without valid resident Iowa DNR licenses. The Court ordered Morris to pay the maximum fines, court costs, as well as $4,000 in liquidated damages for illegally taken wild game, and $1,400 restitution to the Iowa DNR for loss of revenue for the difference between resident and non-resident license fees. The Court further ordered Phillip Lee Morris to return two sets of buck deer antlers to the Iowa DNR, and ordered Morris' hunting and fishing privileges in Iowa suspended for a period of five years. Phillip Lee Morris was also charged with falsifying information to obtain an Iowa Driver's License, to which he also pled guilty and received a suspended jail sentence, and was ordered to pay court costs and fees. Fines, damages, restitution and costs for Morris will exceed $6,000. Morris has also been dismissed from the South Carolina State Patrol.

 

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