A New Jersey man was recently received a prison sentence of 8 to 18 months for poaching multiple deer in Wayne County. Mark Nicholas Jarema, 38, Leesburg, N.J., was sentenced by Judge Raymond Hammel at a hearing held on Aug. 22 in Honesdale. Jarema already was serving time in the Wayne County Correctional Facility after pleading guilty to multiple game violations earlier this year.
Game and Wildlife Code violations included two counts of the unlawful killing or taking of big game and one count of possession of loaded firearms in a motor vehicle. In addition, Jarema pled guilty to one criminal count of simple assault. Jarema was ordered to pay $4,100 in fines, all costs of prosecution, and faces loss of hunting Pennsylvania license privileges for five years. He will be transported to New Jersey Mid-State Correctional Facility, Wrightsville, N.J., to continue serving a sentence on unrelated charges prior to his imprisonment in Pennsylvania.
The charges against Jarema stemmed from a deer-killing spree that occurred between the evening of Oct. 23 and the early morning of Oct. 24, 2010, in multiple townships of Wayne County. Wayne County Wildlife Conservation Officer Frank Dooley received information from New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officer Ann Paul concerning Jarema and his involvement in the killing of multiple deer in Pennsylvania. An ensuing investigation found Jarema was at a Waymart area residence on the evening of Oct. 23. While Jarema and a female acquaintance were returning to her residence, Jarema got a 30.06 caliber rifle from the back seat and, for the next several hours, Jarema shot at deer as he forced the woman at gunpoint to hold a spotlight. WCO Dooley’s investigation revealed Jarema repeatedly shot the high-powered rifle at deer with complete disregard for the safety of nearby homeowners. Multiple deer were killed or injured in the shooting spree.
“He kept a terrified woman at gunpoint while shooting at deer that were yards away from homes and in the line of the residences,” said Dooley. “This lengthy investigation involved a great deal of interagency cooperation and solid police work to bring this criminal to justice. His incarceration immediately made Pennsylvania and New Jersey safer.”