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James Lawrence
Man guilty of coyote bounty fraud

INDEPENDENCE — James Edward Lawrence has pleaded guilty to an amended charge of fraud against Grayson County’s now discontinued coyote bounty program.

According to court records, Lawrence, 33, of Galax, was charged by game warden Jason Harris with fraud (obtaining money by false pretense in excess of $200).

Lawrence waived his right to a preliminary hearing, which sent the case directly to the grand jury. On Oct. 23, 2015, the grand jury in Grayson County Circuit Court determined that there was enough evidence against Lawrence to warrant a trial.

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