Earlier today, Court Judge William Edelman approved the conditions of a plea agreement reached between the Sheridan County Attorney’s Office and Sheridan County resident Gregg Lambdin, who pleaded guilty Aug. 1, 2019, to two misdemeanors and nine felonies for wanton destruction of big game animals.
Lambdin, 61, was ordered to pay $110,000 in fines, $144,000 in restitution, and serve nine months in jail. His jail sentence began immediately following sentencing and will be served at the Sheridan County Detention Center.
“We do not keep records for penalties in poaching cases, but I cannot remember a case brought against a defendant that resulted in fines, restitution, and jail time of this magnitude,” said Game and Fish Sheridan Regional Wildlife Supervisor Craig Smith. “It is likely the largest poaching case in Wyoming history in terms of penalties against a single individual.”
Charges against Lambdin were filed in February 2019 after a two-month investigation by Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) law enforcement officers in late 2018.
The investigation began after a member of the public tipped off WGFD about possible illegal activity on Lambdin’s property.
A search warrant was served on Nov. 27, 2018, in cooperation with the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office. During the search of Lambdin’s property, one antelope and 113 white-tailed deer carcasses in varying stages of decomposition were found.
As required by state statute, fines imposed by judges in wildlife poaching cases are distributed to the public-school fund in the county in which the violation occurred.
Restitution goes to WGFD. The $144,000 restitution imposed by Judge Edelman will be placed into a fund used by the Game and Fish Commission for purchasing access easements to provide access to public and private lands.