Plea Agreement For Man Hunting Squirrels Near School

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 A 66-year-old Glenwood man will not go to prison for carrying a gun on school grounds.

Lyle Hillhouse was carrying a 12-gauge shotgun when he was arrested  near the Glenwood Middle School Dec. 2. Hillhouse was initially charged with carrying a weapon on school grounds, a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.

Hillhouse, who was arrested on school district property near the Keg Creek pedestrian bridge, told arresting officers he was intending to use the gun to hunt squirrels.

Under a plea agreement, Hillhouse pleaded guilty to pursuing a fur-bearing animal and trespassing. The carrying a weapon on school grounds charge was dropped and his jail sentence suspended. Hillhouse was ordered to  pay court costs and $150 in fines. He is also required to complete a hunter safety course.