Man convicted in 2010 poaching and pot operation faces new charges
A Big Lake man convicted in a poaching and pot-growing operation one year ago is now charged with threatening the hunters who made the complaint against him and trespassing.
Stephen Donald Battin Sr., 61, appeared in Hubbard County District Court Monday on charges of First Degree Witness Tampering, Trespass and Hunter Harassment.
Battin and Donald Cook, 61, of Bloomington, were convicted of the crimes last year when DNR Conservation Officers, acting on a tip of deer baiting and found the illegal taking of a deer and a marijuana growing operation on Potlatch Forest land leased by Battin for hunting.
Cook pled to a charge of illegal hunting. Battin pled to a 3rd Degree Drug charge and Hunter Harassment. He was evicted from the Potlatch land and ordered not to come back.
But he and his son did, according to a criminal complaint.