A former Uintah County couple found guilty of  multiple instances of poaching elk and deer will serve jail time for their crimes. Among other charges, William August Thompson faced 13 felony charges of Wanton Destruction of Protected Wildlife which he pleaded Not Guilty to in October. In January, 7 of those charges were Dismissed with Prejudice in 8th District Court and 6 charges were changed to Guilty as part of a plea agreement. The jail sentences totalling 40 years were suspended. Thompson was sentenced to serve 75 days in Uintah County Jail in 2-day increments on weekends. The jail service must be complete by March 27th, 2019. He was placed on 36 months of supervised probation and ordered to pay $15,600 dollars in restitution to the Help Stop Poaching Fund. Williams in not allowed to have a hunting permit during the probation period and probation will continue until restitution is paid in full. William’s wife, Jennifer Lynn Thompson, faced two charges of Wanton Destruction of Protected Wildlife to which she pleaded Not Guilty in October and entered Guilty pleas as part of a plea agreement in January. The jail sentences totalling 2 years were suspended and she was sentenced to serve 10 days in Uintah County Jail in 2-day increments. She was placed on 2 years of probation and ordered to pay $1,150 dollars in restitution to the Help Stop Poaching Fund. She is to complete her jail time by June 30th. The Division of Wildlife Resources takes poaching seriously as one of the first wildlife agencies in the country to institute a toll-free wildlife violation report telephone line. You can report wildlife crimes by calling 1-800-662-3337. The hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, year round. Poaching can also be reported on www.wildlife.utah.gov.

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Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.