Convicted elk poacher, a former Boulder cop, avoids prison

By: Associated Press
August 29, 2014 Updated: August 29, 2014 at 12:37 pm
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photo - Boulder police Officer Sam Carter poses with the Mapleton elk after killing it on Jan. 1, 2013. Carter, who resigned from the force, will be sentenced today for his role in the much-publicized killing. (Courtesy Roger Koenig)
Boulder police Officer Sam Carter poses with the Mapleton elk after killing it on Jan. 1, 2013. Carter, who resigned from the force, will be sentenced today for his role in the much-publicized killing. (Courtesy Roger Koenig) 

BOULDER — Former Boulder police Officer Sam Carter was spared prison time Friday in the highly contentious Mapleton elk case after a district court judge sentenced the 37-year-old to four years probation and 200 hours of community service in the killing of the trophy animal last year.

Carter also was sentenced to 30 days on a work crew.

After a week-long trial, Carter was convicted in early June of attempting to influence a public official, a Class 4 felony; one count of forgery, a Class 5 felony; and two counts of tampering with evidence, a Class 6 felony.

Prosecutors say Carter shot the trophy elk in the residential area while on duty on Jan. 1, 2013 — without reporting that he'd fired his weapon — then claimed the animal had been injured and needed to be put down.

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