Kingston man sentenced for illegally cutting timber | Crime
An Idaho man was sentenced to three years probation on Thursday after pleading guilty to one felony count of willful injury or depredation of property of the United States. The Kingston man admitted to illegally cutting down timber from the Idaho Panhandle National Forests.
An investigation was launched by the U.S. Forest Service after it was discovered that 40 green trees had been cut withing one area. A deer camera caught 51-year-old Norman Leory Bogart coming and going from the cut site.
In October of 2012, the U.S. Forest Service seized more than 58 cords of timber that had been cut down to firewood from Bogart's residence. One pile was estimated to be 40 feet long, 10 feet wide and 10 feet tall. Investigators were able to match some of the large timber seized to stumps in the cut location, and determined that most of the timber was green when cut.
Bogart admitted that between April and October 2012 he cut and hauled green timber from withing the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. He was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay $1,700 in restitution.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Forest Service, with the assistance of the Idaho State Police, the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force, and the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office.