Alleged poacher enters plea

MARQUETTE — A man who allegedly shot a white-tailed deer with a bow and arrow while trespassing on private property within Marquette city limits in December entered a plea agreement in 96th District Court Thursday.

Casey Waino Roose, 37, of Marquette, was arrested Dec. 12 on charges of bow and arrow-reckless use resulting in property damage; malicious destruction-trees, shrubs, crops, grass, turf, soil, less than $200; and trespass-recreational trespass other lands, according to court documents.

Roose pleaded guilty Thursday to the malicious destruction and trespassing charges. The charge of bow and arrow, reckless use resulting in property damage was dropped as part of the agreement, according to court documents.

Roose had initially pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanor charges at his arraignment Dec. 12.

The charges stem from an investigation of a complaint that Roose allegedly shot a buck in south Marquette in December. Roose initially claimed to have killed the animal in Deerton. However, community members recognized the harvested deer as one that had been frequently observed in the city of Marquette, due to its abnormal antler growth pattern, police said in December.

Roose will be sentenced in district court May 20. He is scheduled for a pre-sentence interview April 25.