Putnam man charged with numerous felonies, misdemeanors
Monday, March 01, 2010
Media contact: Joy Hill, 352-258-3426; or Capt. Gregg Eason, 352-427-6739
John (Jay) Frederick Badger Jr., (DOB 07/20/70), of
412 Silver Lake Road, Palatka, landed in the Putnam County Jail
Feb. 26, charged with 17 felony and misdemeanor violations. Charges
include armed trespass, contributing to the delinquency of a minor
and taking deer at night with gun and light. The violations
reportedly occurred on Plum Creek Timber Co. property in Hollister,
in Badger's yard under a streetlight when he lived in Interlachen,
and on public roads.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FWC) Law Enforcement Officer Troy Starling arrested Badger Friday
afternoon and booked him into jail on $12,568 bond.
He was charged with:
- two counts of armed trespass (third-degree felony);
- one count of habitual traffic violator (third-degree
- four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child
- one count of taking deer at night with gun and light
- three counts of trespass (first-degree misdemeanor);
- two counts of theft (first-degree misdemeanor);
- one count of permitting an unauthorized minor to drive
- one count of removing a posted sign (first-degree misdemeanor);
- two counts of taking deer by illegal method (second-degree
"We've been investigating Mr. Badger's activities
for several months, after I received information that he had
illegally killed a large deer and had its mounted head in his
possession," said Officer Starling. "In subsequent months, we were
able to obtain video surveillance of him trespassing on Plum Creek
The theft charges relate to Badger stealing tree
stands on the property he was trespassing on, that belonged to
members of the hunting lease.
In total, Badger is charged with three felonies and
14 misdemeanors. Third-degree felonies each carry maximum penalties
of $5,000 fines and five years in prison; first-degree misdemeanors
each carry maximum penalties of $1,000 fines and one year in jail;
second-degree misdemeanors each carry maximum penalties of $500
fines and 60 days in jail.
FWC officers have arrested Badger three times prior
to Friday's arrest: once in1993 for attempting to take wildlife
from a road, in 1995 for attempting to take deer in a closed
season, and again in 2003 for possession of doe deer.
Anyone with information about illegal fishing,
hunting or other law violations involving fish and wildlife should
call the FWC's Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922 right away.
Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward if
their information leads to an arrest. The hotline is open 24 hours