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4 Southbury men arrested in conspiracy to illegally kill deer

January 15, 2019

Southbury hunters - arrested last October for illegal jacklighting of deer - have been arrested again.

Jacklighting uses spotlights, lamps or flashlights to attract animals at night. The animals often remain to continually stare at the light and do not appear to see the light as a threat.

Illegal hunters use that opportunity to “harvest” the animal.

DEEP’s EnCon Police with the assistance of US Fish and Wildlife Service, recently arrested the three and another person, following a two-month long investigation.

The investigation began after Mihali Marnelakis, 20; Eftihios Marnelakis, 23; and Jacob Parsell, 22; were arrested by DEEP EnCon Police on Oct. 22 for multiple violations to include, loaded weapon in a motor vehicle and jacklighting.

DEEP EnCon Police continued their investigation and later obtained search warrants for the cell phones of the three individuals which resulted in further evidence of illegal jacklighting activity.

Chris Collibee, DEEP spokesman, said a search warrant for the residence of Mihali and Eftihios Marnelakis’ home resulted in corroborating evidence of illegal deer jacklighting activity.

During the week of Jan. 6, Mihali Marnelakis, Eftihios Marnelakis, Jacob Parsell, and Ryan Smith, 30,. Southbury turned themselves into CSP Troop A in Southbury. after being advised of active arrest warrants.

Mihali Marnelakis was charged with the following violations: Making false statement, interfering with an officer, jacklighting deer, failure to report deer kill, conspiracy to commit negligent hunting in the second degree, conspiracy to commit negligent hunting in the third degree, conspiracy to commit negligent hunting fourtth degree and conspiracy to commit illegal sale of game. Mihali was released on a $10,000 court set surety bond with a court date of Jan. 17 in Waterbury.

Eftihios Marnelakis was charged with the following violations: Making false statement, interfering with an officer, illegal transport of deer killed or hit by motor vehicle without a permit, violation of conditions of release, jacklighting deer, failure to report deer kill, negligent hunting in the second degree, negligent hunting in the third degree, negligent hunting in the fourth degree, conspiracy to commit negligent hunting in the second degree, conspiracy to commit negligent hunting in the third degree, conspiracy to commit negligent hunting in the fourth degree and conspiracy to commit illegal sale of game. Eftihios was released on a $10,000 court set surety bond with a Jan. 17 court date.

Parsell was charged with the following violations: Making false statement, interfering with an officer, jacklighting deer, failure to report deer kill, conspiracy to commit negligent huntingin the second degree, conspiracy to commit negligent hunting in the third degree, conspiracy to commit negligent hunting in the fourth degree and conspiracy to commit illegal sale of game.

Smith was charged with the following violations: Interfering with an officer, illlegal transport of deer killed by motor vehicle without a permit, conspiracy to commit negligent hunting in the second degree, conspiracy to commit negligent hunting in the third degree, conspiracy to commit negligent hunting in the fourth degree and conspiracy to commit illegal sale of game.

All were releasesd after posting a $10,000 cash bond and will appear in Waterbury Superior Court on Jan. 17.

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