Guilty Plea In Wildlife Case in LC

James Belknap

James Hayden Dare Belknap of Jewett pled guilty Thursday, May, 25th, in Leon County District Court to 29 counts of Taking Wildlife Resources without the Consent of the Landowner and 1 charge of Burglary of a Habitation. Prosecuting the case were Leon County District Attorney Hope Knight and Assistant District Attorney Keith Cook. The presiding judge was the Honorable Horace Black.

Belknap, 18 years of age, agreed to the guilty plea and so avoided a trial. The judge ordered a Pre-Sentencing Investigation, and will sentence Belknap after he has that report. The attorney for Belknap?s defensive was Kelly Weeks.

Belknap was first arraigned on the charges in March 2016. During most of the time since then, Belknap has been on a strict house arrest and was required to wear an ankle monitor. In September of 2016, Belknap and his attorney appealed to the court to modify his curfew, allow him to move to another community for work, and to remove the ankle monitor. Knight objected to the removal of the ankle monitor. The judge agreed, but did allow Belknap to move closer to his work.