Two Michigan State Troopers from the Cheboygan Michigan State Police Post are still on the job but with limited duties pending resolution of a case where the pair admitted to shooting a deer out of season while on duty.

Jeff Hadley and Don Bolen pleaded guilty to five misdemeanor offenses involving poaching in a plea arrangement with prosecutors. In return, felony charges will not be sought against the pair.
A specification in the plea arrangement that would have required the men to request a transfer from the Cheboygan Post was withdrawn, court records show. In most cases of misdemeanor infractions by police, the transfer usually occurs anyway.

Bolen and Hadley admitted to Judge Scott Pavlich in Cheboygan County 89th District Court that they shot the buck Nov. 12 while on patrol off Mograin Road in Benton Township.

In testimony, the troopers said they pulled off the road, used an artificial light to shine the deer and shot it.

The weapons used in the incident were forfeited, court records show, and fines were also levied to compensate DNR officials for costs involved in the investigation.

Sentencing for Hadley and Bolen is set for 9 a.m. on Feb. 13

 

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