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
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
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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