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Two hunters sentenced; one shot at game commission officers

December 29, 2011

From PoconoRecord.com

Two Pennsylvania men have pleaded guilty to crimes and face revocation of their hunting licenses. One of them admitted shooting toward game commission officers.

Terrance E. Weiss Jr. of Madison Township in Lackawanna County on Dec. 16 pleaded guilty in the Lackawanna Court of Common Pleas to one count of recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats, and hunting under the influence of alcohol stemming from an incident that occurred during the first day of the 2010 rifle bear season. He was sentenced to 8-23 months incarceration with credit for time served and faces revocation of Pennsylvania hunting license privileges.

On the morning of Nov. 20, 2010, Wildlife Conservation Officer Mark Rutkowski and Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer Edward Page responded to reports of a baited area at a property near Hornbeam/Cemetery Road in Madison Township and entered the rear of the property to investigate. The two were in a wooded area and approaching a small cabin when they heard a man shouting obscenities and threatening to shoot them.

Rutkowski reported three shots from a large caliber firearm were fired in their direction and he and Page scrambled for cover. After being pinned down for several minutes, the two officers were able to retreat to safety and call for backup.

A command post was established and a Pennsylvania State Police helicopter monitored the area. Weiss was located outside the cabin and taken into custody by Game Commission personnel. He admitted shooting three shots toward the officers with a 30.06 caliber rifle. The loaded rifle with one empty casing was found in the cabin along with a large quantity of alcoholic beverage containers.

Two empty shell casings were also present on the ground below a window of the cabin that matched the caliber of the firearm. A large amount of food items on the ground at the rear of the cabin was consistent with those commonly used to bait bears. Weiss was taken to Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton for chemical and alcohol testing.

Richard Francis Piercy Jr. of Simpson pleaded guilty on Oct. 16 to one count of recklessly endangering another person and the unlawful taking or possession of big game and the use of unlawful devices and methods. The hearing stemmed from charges resulting from an incident that occurred on Dec. 3, 2009 in Clinton Township, Wayne County.

A resident witnessed a man shoot a deer from a vehicle after dark and load it into the bed of his truck. The witness approached the rear of the vehicle to write down registration information when the driver suddenly sped away, causing the deer to tumble back onto the roadway. The man, later identified as Piercy, soon returned to the same location and loaded the deer back into the truck.

According to Wayne County District Wildlife Conservation Officer James McCarthy, the witness was standing at the edge of his driveway when Piercy swerved towards the witness, causing him to jump out of the way to avoid being hit.

McCarthy processed the scene which included collecting blood evidence from the roadway. The vehicle was later seized and a search warrant was secured to obtain blood, hair and tissue evidence. Blood evidence from the roadway and the vehicle was submitted to the Northeast Wildlife DNA Laboratory at East Stroudsburg University for forensic testing. DNA from blood evidence at the scene was matched to that found in the bed of defendant's truck.

For the violation of reckless endangering another person, Piercy was sentenced to pay all costs of prosecution and be placed on probation for a period of 12 months concurrent to sentences being served in Lackawanna County. He also was sentenced to pay $650 for game code violations and faces revocation of his hunting license privileges in Pennsylvania for up to five years.

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