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March 13, 2014

Local father, son face charges in Ohio

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A Live Oak father and son have been indicted by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on multiple charges for illegally labeling, selling, transporting and allowing the illegal hunt of white-tailed deer, according to indictment documents. 

Donald Wainwright, 48, Live Oak, faces 14 counts: one count of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy and 12 counts of violating the Lacey Act. 

Donald Wainwright Jr., 28, also of Live Oak, faces nine counts: one county of conspiracy, seven counts of violating the Lacey Act and one count of making a false statement.

On March 6, the Wainwrights stood in a Columbus, Ohio courtroom for an initial appearance, bond hearing and arraignment on indictment before Judge Elizabeth A. Preston Deavers. The Wainwrights pleaded not guilty to indictment charges and are scheduled to begin trial on April 21.

In the conditions of release dated March 6, Donald Wainwright was placed on home detention until trial. His son was released on his own recognizance until trial.

The indictment

According to the indictment filed on March 4, Donald Wainwright was part owner and operator of a white-tailed deer breeding and hunting facility called Valley View Whitetails, located at 6762 Township Road 163, West Liberty, Ohio. He is also the owner and operator of a white-tailed deer breeding and hunting facility also known as Valley View Whitetails, located at 10530 52nd Terrace, Live Oak. 

Donald Wainwright also participated in the operation of a white-tailed deer breeding facility called Cherokee Whitetails, LLC, located adjacent to Valley View, Ohio.

The Wainwrights were identified in the indictment as part-time residents of West Liberty, Ohio and of Live Oak.

Until March 15, 2010, Donald Wainwright held a wild animal propagation license enabling him to possess, buy or sell captive-bred white-tailed deer. On March 15, 2010, that license lapsed and had not been re-issued by the date of the indictment. Donald Wainwright also had a license to operate Valley View Whitetails as a wild animal hunting preserve, however, the license lapsed on April 30, 2011 and had not been re-issued.

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