Finn sentenced to probation in wild horse case

A man who last summer struck and killed two wild horses in the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area has been sentenced to probation and ordered to pay restitution, according to documents released last week.

According to documents from the United States District Court released last week by Bighorn Canyon NRA Deputy Chief Ranger Dale Kissner, 27-year-old Adam Finn of Germantown, Tenn., was placed on seven months of unsupervised probation, and among his conditions is the requirement that he pay $3,000 in restitution to the National Park Service within sixth months.

The order is dated July 18, 2012, and is signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Teresa M. McKee. It was also signed on April 23, 2012, by the defendant’s attorney, Terrance R. Martin, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kerry Jacobson.

According to the document, Finn entered a written plea of guilty to “maliciously or negligently injuring or harassing a wild horse or burro” and “driving while under the influence of alcohol.”

Finn was charged after striking two Pryor Mountain wild stallions – a father and son – in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 24, 2011, just north of Horseshoe Bend.

Admiral, an 11-year-old stallion well known in the Crooked Creek Bay area by wild horse enthusiasts, and his yearling son Kapitan were struck and killed around 2 a.m. on that Sunday morning about 2/10s of a mile north of the Crooked Creek parking area just inside the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range along Wyoming Highway 37 within the Bighorn Canyon NRA.

Finn was driving a Ford F-150 pickup north from Lovell to the Ewing-Snell Ranch, where he was staying while participating in an archaeology field school, when he struck the horses. After striking the horses, the pickup continued a mile and a half further north before stalling with major front-end damage.

He was arrested and cited later that morning.

Under the terms of his probation established in July, Finn was to not violate any federal, state or local law aside from minor traffic offenses, not consume alcoholic beverages in any form, submit to random breath, blood or urine testing, obtain a drug and alcohol evaluation, pay the $3,000 in restitution to the Park Service and pay other fees totaling $85.

By David Peck