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Friday, June 15, 2012

7 Vermont Hunters Plead Guilty To Illegally Killing Deer In Westfield, Tioga County, PA


JERSEY SHORE – Following an 18-month investigation involving four wildlife agencies, seven Vermont residents pled guilty to Pennsylvania charges of illegally killing white-tailed deer in Westfield, Tioga County, and ordered to pay $3,900 in fines, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer (WCO) Rodney P. Mee. Mee noted that each will lose their hunting privileges in Pennsylvania for one year.

An eighth individual set to stand trial in the Tioga County Court of Common Pleas is a convicted felon not to be in possession of a firearm, and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

On May 8, the Vermont residents who pled guilty were: Ronald Machia, 47, of Sheldon; Dustin Machia, 24, of Swanton; Chad Machia, 26, of Swanton; Jason Giroux, 29 of St. Albans; Jamie Cooper, 26, of Sheldon; Lucien Riggie, 26, of Enosburg Falls; and Harry Williams, 54, of Highgate Center. David Machia, 52, of Sheldon, is facing additional firearms possession charges.

WCO Mee was assisted in the investigation by Vermont State Game Warden Carl Wedin, New York Environmental Conservation Police Officers Daniel Malone and Jeffery Hovey, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agent Patrick Bosco.

In October of 2010, the Vermont residents came to Westfield to hunt deer. The group was successful in killing several deer, but they did not report their kills, and returned in the November firearms deer season to hunt again. The group of eight hunters harvested 11 deer in three-and-a-half days of hunting. Upon the hunters return to Vermont on Dec. 2, they were stopped by New York State Trooper Shawn Murphy, in Roust Point, for a traffic violation. Trooper Murphy observed nine of the deer in the Vermont pickup and notified NY ECOs Malone and Hovey to investigate. The Vermont hunters were released after a short investigation, and WCO Mee was notified and began what was to become an 18-month investigation.

WCO Mee, as a result of the New York stop, visited Vermont to interview the suspects, and was assisted by Vermont State Game Warden Carl Wedin and USFWS Special Agent Patrick Bosco.

“I can’t thank enough the local witnesses that came forward to testify, as well as the hard work and time spent on this investigation by my fellow state and federal wildlife officers,” WCO Mee said.


Anonymous said...

Banned for one year? they should be banned forever.

Anonymous said...

I agree!! First I was amazed at the amount of charges...what is $3900?? How about $1000 for every deer that they took illegally?? AND ban them from hunting for any seasons in PA...

Anonymous said...

18 month investigation for $3900 and no PA license for a year? How much money and man hours were spent in this investigation? Seems like a pretty bad return on the investment.

Anonymous said...

Regardless of the fines and 1 year suspension on their hunting licenses these guys will be carrying around criminal charges on their records that they will have to explain for a long long time. Kudos to Officer Mee.

Anonymous said...

Way to go Rodney...a job well done, but I also agree that their hunting in PA should be history...

Anonymous said...

June 15, 2012 9:43:00 PM
I thought the very same thing!

Kudos to Officer Mee as well but these men should never ever be allowed to hunt in PA again!!

Anonymous said...

Go on back to Vermont and Poach. We don't need your kind around here.