CRIME

Worker at outfitter that maimed animals is sentenced

One of several people accused of running a western Colorado outfitting business that captured and maimed mountain lions and bobcats to make hunting easier for clients has been sentenced to three months in federal prison.

The Denver Post reports Nathan Simms, of Grand Junction, was sentenced Tuesday after previously pleading guilty to eight misdemeanor counts of illegal game hunting.

Christopher Loncarich, the owner of the now defunct outfitting business that employed Simms, is serving a 27-month sentence in federal prison. Prosecutors say he and his assistants located and caged the cats before the clients arrived, then released them when the client was present. Sometimes cats were shot in the paws or stomach.

Loncarich sold bobcat and mountain lion hunts in Colorado and Utah for up to $7,500.