WAUPACA, Wis. (WSAU-Wheeler News Service) -- The State Supreme Court has turned down an appeal from a Waupaca County man convicted of killing deer with a stolen snowmobile.
Rori Kuenzi and two other men made national headlines when they were accused of running down a half-dozen deer along a snowmobile trail near Weyauwega in 2009.
Kuenzi, who's now 29, claimed that his sentence was biased and unfair. It did not result in any additional prison time, on top of a 23-year sentence he's also appealing for the hit-and-run traffic death of Kevin McCoy in Waupaca County in 2004. An appellate court threw out Kuenzi's legal challenge in the deer killing case last summer -- and the justices recently decided not to review the decision.
The deer attacks caused major controversy. The landowner closed the snowmobile trail, forcing other riders to go miles out of their way. Animal rights' groups condemned the attack. Statewide snowmobile groups were put on the offensive, speaking up for the integrity of their sport.
Waupaca County judges caused even more of an uproar by throwing out criminal mistreatment charges against the three defendants. The judges said the three could not be charged with both criminal and conservation violations for the same crimes. An appellate court disagreed, and restored the criminal counts, which were later bargained down in plea deals.