Deer Poacher Pleads Guilty

November 25, 2016

Officers secured a guilty verdict in a highly publicized deer poaching case

Christopher Michael Johnson, 20

Christopher Michael Johnson, 20

A Halethorpe man charged with killing multiple deer in two counties in a single evening pleaded guilty Thursday in Howard County District Court.

In a plea agreement, Christopher Michael Johnson, 20, was sentenced to two days in jail, two years of supervised probation and a two-year suspension of his hunting privileges for trespassing on private property. He was fined $1,500 for hunting at night and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service for hunting from a vehicle.

He still faces charges in Baltimore County.

Johnson and John Dimingo Gallano IV, 20, of Pasadena were arrested in September charged with 73 counts of illegal hunting after evidence indicated they killed eight deer in a single evening in Baltimore and Howard counties.

The carcasses of a nine-point buck and three four-point bucks were dumped in Pasadena neighborhoods. Two deer – a six-point buck and a doe – were taken to an Anne Arundel County wild game processor. Two deer were not recovered by the shooters.

None of the deer were logged in or recorded, as required by state law. Neither man had written permission to be hunting on any of the properties where the deer were shot.

Gallano is due in Howard County District Court Dec. 21 and in Baltimore County District Court Jan. 9.

Christopher Michael Johnson, 20

Christopher Michael Johnson, 20


4 Responses to Deer Poacher Pleads Guilty

  1. big block on November 25, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Looks like he has no remorse for what he did. Maybe a stiffer punishment would take that smile off his face.

    • YourMomZaenus on November 25, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      With a blue background, it’s most likely his driver’s license pic.

  2. AliceW on November 25, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Give home his license back and a community achievement award. He was doing his part to save my car and keep insurance costs down for everyone.

    • John Combs on November 26, 2016 at 11:33 pm

      Hahaha true