HAMILTON COUNTY – Four Mississippi residents who committed multiple wildlife violations in Hamilton County in December 2020 recently took a plea agreement in Hamilton County Court.
According to an Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and Hamilton County State’s Attorney’s Office press release, Lyle Chemin, Kalyn Chemin, Lawson Chemin and Kenneth Fancher pled and agreed to fines and civil penalties totaling $110,600.
Hamilton County State’s Attorney Justin Hood said each person pleaded guilty to three conservation violations a piece. Lyle Chemin and Fancher each have a 10 year hunting ban in Illinois per court order.
IDNR said $99,500 of the penalties have been awarded directly to the Conservation Police Operations Fund. All firearms, crossbows and unlawfully harvested animals were seized and forfeited to IDNR.
The 205 inch, 18-point buck that Kalyn Chemin took unlawfully without a permit in December 2020 and the mount is currently on display in the Hamilton County State’s Attorney’s Office in McLeansboro.
IDNR records verified Kalyn Chemin did not purchase a deer permit. Further information identified Kalyn’s father, Lyle Chemin, was involved in the unlawful take.
Additionally, Kalyn’s brother Lawson Chemin and Kenneth Fancher were found to have committed multiple wildlife violations.
The four hunters were charged with illegally taking 23 deer and seven turkeys.