Hermes to spend six months in jail
Nicholas Hermes, 26, Waupaca, will spend six months in jail for his role in killing several deer with snowmobiles in January 2009 in the town of Lind.
Hermes appeared before Waupaca County Circuit Court Judge Raymond Huber Tuesday for sentencing.
In December 2011, Hermes pleaded no contest to three felony counts of cruelty to animals causing death and three misdemeanor hunting violations.
Two felony counts of animal mistreatment and two misdemeanor hunting violations were dismissed but read into the court record.
Huber withheld sentencing on the felony convictions and placed Hermes on 30 months of probation. The judge also ordered Hermes to write letters to all Waupaca County high schools, “outlining the stupidity in taking wildlife in the manner in which charged and the consequences of such actions.”
If Hermes successfully completes his probation, his felony convictions will be expunged from the court record.
On the misdemeanor charges, Huber ordered Hermes to serve a total of six months in jail, as well as pay $2,108 in fines and court costs on each of the three counts. Huber also revoked Hermes’ hunting and fishing privileges for three years.
Two Weyauwega brothers, Rory Kuenzi, 27, and Robby Kuenzi, 26, were also charged with felonies as a result of the deer slaying.
In November 2011, Judge Philip Kirk sentenced Rory Kuenzi to 11 years in prison on the animal mistreatment charges, to be served concurrently with his 23-year prison term for the drunken driving homicide of Kevin McCoy in 2004.
Robby Kuenzi is scheduled for a jury trial on April 3.