- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A Hedgesville man has been ordered to serve one to five years in prison for running a large-scale deer-poaching and marijuana-growing operation.

Multiple media outlets report 62-year-old Max Tyson Jr. was sentenced in a Berkeley County court Monday. He must also pay $600 in fines.

Tyson was arrested for illegally killing deer at his home in November 2013, following an undercover operation conducted by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Authorities also recovered 341 marijuana plants on Tyson’s tomato farm.

Authorities say Tyson was illegally selling deer meat after obtaining permits to protect his farm’s crops from being damaged by the deer.

Tyson pleaded guilty in March to two felony drug counts and pleaded no contest to nine misdemeanor counts related to the deer hunting.

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