Bison killer to pay over $157,000
The Denver Post reports that Texas businessman Jeffrey Scott Hawn, who orchestrated the slaughter of 32 bison belonging to South Park rancher Monte Downare, will have to pay more than $157,000 in restitution, including $83,362 to Downare and $70,000 to seven charitable organizations that care for animals.
Hawn, 44, appeared Monday in Park County District Court where he pleaded guilty to one count of criminal mischief and one count of cruelty to animals.
Under the terms of the plea deal, Hawn will be placed on probation for two years. District Judge Stephen Groome can impose up to 10 days in jail as a condition of probation when Hawn is sentenced Jan. 28.
Photo: Hawn arrives at the Park County Courthouse with attorney Pam Mackey. Ed Andrieski/Associated Press.