Four area hunters facing charges of allegedly hunting and spotlighting

Published 1:09 am Saturday, January 14, 2017


NATCHEZ — Four area hunters are facing charges for allegedly hunting and spotlighting along the Natchez Trace.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks charges stem from a Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office investigation into contraband entering a parish prison, CPSO Chief Deputy David Hedrick said.

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Deputies contacted Adams County area officers, who interviewed four individuals suspected of illegally headlighting deer along the Trace in both Adams and Jefferson counties.

A wildlife and fisheries release alleges more than 130 citations, with the minimum fine being approximately $62,000.

The four suspects are Bryan K. Mulvihill, 34, of Natchez, George M. Thorpe, 27, of Natchez, Christie Roberson Kemp, 40, of Ferriday and Timothy J. Neal, 51, of Vidalia.

Charges issued include: two counts hunting without hunting license by a non-resident; 26 counts headlighting deer; 26 counts hunting after hours; 26 counts hunting from a public road; 26 counts unlawful possession of illegally taken game; and 26 counts unlawful shot size after legal hunting hours.

Thorpe, 115 Parkview Drive, was booked Wednesday in the Adams County Sheriff’s Office jail on charges of two counts headlighting, two counts hours for hunting, two counts possession of illegal game, two counts shooting on or across street and two counts hunting unlawful to hunt deer.

Thorpe was released on a $10,000 bond.

Mulvihill was booked Friday into the Adams County Sheriff’s Office Jail on charges of illegal shot size, deer headlighting, hunting after hours, unlawful possession of bird, fish or game and hunting or shooting on or across a public road.

Mulvihill was released on a $5,000 bond.

ACSO Maj. Jerry Brown said the department of wildlife, fisheries and parks is the arresting agency for Thorpe and Mulvihill.

Mulvihill, 17 Fieldview Lane, Natchez, a former Concordia Parish Correctional Center officer, was arrested in December after allegedly being caught introducing contraband into the prison and charged with malfeasance in office.

Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Walker said Friday arrests are pending with his agency for all four suspects.