Prison employee, inmates accused of poaching

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A prison employee and two inmates at the Turney Center have been accused of poaching wildlife.

Horticulture instructor Thomas Cannon was fired after prison officials said they found an elaborate operation to poach wildlife at the Turney Center farm in Hickman County southwest of Nashville.

Investigators said convicted killer Allen Vaughn and convicted kidnapper Courtney Shies had set 30 traps which they used to kill rabbits and deer. According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, they are also accused of trying to kill birds of prey. Officials said the men skinned and ate the deer and rabbits and also bludgeoned a deer to death in one instance.

The inmates are to appear in court next month in the case.

Dorinda Carter, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Corrections, told WSMV-TV that the matter is under investigation.

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Information from: WSMV-TV, http://www.wsmv.com/

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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