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Hunter Gets Creative Sentence in Deer Slaying

TPWD photo
TPWD photo
A TPWD camera snapped this photo of John Walker Drinnon. Officials say it is evidence he illegally shot a deer in Grayson County.

A Grayson County District Court has sentenced a hunter to an unusual punishment. Thirty-four-year-old John Walker Drinnon of Whitesboro, convicted of illegally killing a deer on private property will serve time in jail over the next five years – but only on weekends during hunting season 

The creative sentence also puts Drinnon on five years' probation. Drinnon will also pay $18,000 in civil penalties and be barred from buying a hunting license during his incarceration. 


Earlier this month, Drinnon allegedly told Texas wildlife officers that he'd shot the deer just across the border in Oklahoma. But officials say the white-tailed buck was killed with a rifle in Grayson County. Grayson is a bow-only county for hunters. 

Drinnon’s sentence begins December 30.