DENVER (WWJ/AP) – Eight men from three states, including Michigan, have been convicted and sentenced for participating in illegal game hunts that took place over four years in Routt County, Colorado.

According to the Denver Post, Ole Thorson, 35; his brother Travis, 40; and their father, Jerome, 64 — all from Prescott, Michigan — pleaded guilty to a range of charges stemming from the illegal hunts.

All three also face charges in Michigan that include possession of an illegal silencer, animal cruelty and the illegal taking of otter, bobcat and mink in that state.

Two Bailey, Colorado, residents, Tim Oestmann and Andrew Oestmann, pleaded guilty to illegal transfer of a hunting license. Three others from Michigan and Indiana also pleaded guilty to illegal license transfer.

The guilty pleas and sentences result from more than two years of undercover investigation by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

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