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South Carolina law officers plead guilty to DNR charges

FAYETTE COUNTY (KWWL) -- The Department of Natural Resources says two South Carolina Law Officers have pleaded guilty to hunting charges.  More than $15,000 in fines were given to the pair.

Officials say 33-year-old Kester Holmes, of South Carolina, pleaded 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.  Holmes will pay fines, court costs, and liquidated damages for illegally taken game.  He was also ordered to return antlers.

Officials say 34-year-old Phillip Morris, of South Carolina, pleaded guilty to four counts of hunting and possessing game without valid resident Iowa DNR licenses.  Morris was ordered by a court to pay fines, court costs, as well as $4,000 in 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.  Morris was also ordered to return antlers.  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 six thousand dollars. Morris has also been dismissed from the South Carolina State Patrol.

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