I just learned that this occurred in Wisconsin and it's on the web, but I won't post the link. But if you want to view it Google "Hunters in Trouble After Torturing Deer". I'm pizzed but glad it's not in PA. JM
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Jefferson County district attorney announced there is enough evidence for charges to be filed after an investigation into a viral video of two teens seen abusing a wounded deer.
The DA’s office stated that charges have been filed against the teens, one of which is the step-son of the Brookeville Police chief.
The video posted on social media is believed to have happened on the opening day of deer season. It shows the two young hunters kicking an injured deer that was still alive, as well as attempting to pull off its antlers.
The video has garnered a lot of attention. There was even an online petition in an attempt to force charges to be filed that has over 720,000 signatures.
The exact charges have not been made public, but the DA’s office says that the charges and paperwork have been sent to Judge Bazylak’s office.
The District Attorney has declined further comment at this time.
Stick with WTAJ as we continue to gather more information.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Pa. — Officials with the Pennsylvania Game Commission said charges were filed against two Brookville, Pa. teens recorded in a viral video posted to social media show them abusing an injured deer. The Game Commission said Alexander Brock Smith, 18, and a 17-year-old teen boy are the one charged. Each faces two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty and two felony counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated animal cruelty among other charges.
The video, posted Nov. 30, was viewed tens of thousands of times worldwide before the Game Commission launched an investigation. The agency said both Smith and the other teen were interviewed and confirmed they were hunting in an enclosed tree stand on property owned by Smith’s family in Jefferson County. The juvenile shot and wounded a buck. The animal couldn’t move due to the injury and that’s when the video of the abuse was taken and uploaded. Smith was arraigned and released on $50,000 bail. The Brookville Chief of Police previously said that Smith is his stepson and that he was sickened when he saw the video. Smith faces four felony charges among other misdemeanors. If given the maximum penalty, he could spend more than 40 years in prison and owe tens of thousands of dollars in fines.
The case involving the teen will be sent to juvenile court. The Game Commission said they do not release the names of minors who are charged. Investigators said even though there was video evidence of the acts, they had to make sure that it occurred in Pennsylvania where the Game Commission has the authority to file charges and collect evidence.