UPDATE: Duck hunter ready to plead guilty

GREENVILLE – A Jan. 24 trial date is set for six Oxford men accused of federal hunting violations.

A seventh defendant, Danny Joseph Hipp, will plead guilty and be sentenced Nov. 15, U.S. District Court records show Wednesday.

What Hipp will plead guilty to wasn’t stated, but his hearing is set in Greenville before Magistrate Judge David Sanders.

He is the first, apparently, to make a deal with prosecutors over multiple charges that the men heavily exceeded their daily bag limit as duck hunters at a Tallahatchie County camp last January. Some also are accused of shooting the animals and leaving them to die.

The others are Christopher R. Groner, charged with 11 counts; Thomas A. Cobb, 20 counts; Chad Russom, nine counts; Robert Brian Jennings, 11 counts and Edward Payton Conner, eight counts.

All of them pleaded not guilty Oct. 12 in an Oxford hearing on the charges. They were released on their own recognizance.

If convicted, they face up to six months in prison on each charge.

They are accused of taking some 70 game birds on Jan. 13, and Russom and Hipp also are accused of hiding eight mallards to avoid discovery by law enforcement.

In addition to jail they, the men face up to $15,000 fine on each count.

Patsy R. Brumfield / Daily Journal