Judge keeps probation for ex-Ohio wildlife agent

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request for an early end to probation by a former Ohio wildlife officer convicted of helping a South Carolina hunter illegally obtain an Ohio deer license at a discount that saved him about $105.

Defendant Allan Wright also was convicted of seizing the antlers of two deer taken illegally and giving the antlers to a friend instead of securing them as crime evidence.

Wright, now working in the maintenance department at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee, says he has complied with the conditions of his 2012 probation and gained from his mistakes.

Government prosecutors argued that cutting short Wright’s five-year probation wouldn’t suffice because of the serious nature of his crime.

Cincinnati federal judge Michael Barrett on Friday rejected Wright’s request without comment.

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