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PA: hunter jailed for failing to render aid to injured hunter

June 4, 2010

Man jailed for failing to render aid to injured hunter

DANVILLE — The uncle of a man charged in shooting another man while turkey hunting has been arrested.

Mahoning Township police charged Samuel Edward Kelly, 75, of 52 Beaver Place, Thursday with failure to render assistance after the shooting of Jeff Blue, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and recklessly endangering another person.

Blue, 52, of 860 Kaseville Road, was discharged from Geisinger Medical Center Thursday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Michael Todd Kelly, 44, of 102 Beaver Place, was charged Monday night following the Monday morning shooting along Montour Ridge with aggravated assault, illegal possession of a firearm, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, two counts of shooting at or causing injury to human beings, fleeing or failing to render immediate and full assistance to the injured person and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. He is confined to the Montour County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Michael Kelly was convicted of a felony drug violation which prohibited him from possessing a firearm, according to arresting officer Cpl. Clay Fahringer.

Police said Michael Kelly approached Blue realizing he had shot him. Blue asked him to use his cell phone to call for help but Kelly would not.

At that time, Sam Kelly arrived and Michael Kelly said to him, “Come on Uncle Sam, I can’t get caught with this gun,” police said.

Blue was able to dial his fiancée who also called 911.

Both Kellys fled the scene without helping Blue, police said.

A short time later, both Kellys were stopped by police in a car near the scene but denied any involvement in the shooting, police said.

Michael Kelly attempted to conceal the shotgun and ammunition in a shed at Sam Kelly’s home, police. Sam Kelly assisted Michael Kelly by driving him and the gun to the shotgun owner’s home to return it, police said.

Blue later identified Michael Kelly as the person who shot him from a picture taken of him by police when the Kellys were stopped near the shooting scene.

Michael Kelly’s preliminary hearing before County District Judge Marvin Shrawder is set for 1:15 p.m. June 23.

Samuel Kelly’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. June 22.

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