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Friday, January 10, 2020

DEER-ABUSE CHARGES FILED AGAINST BROOKVILLE TEENAGERS

Brookville teenagers face aggravated animal cruelty, other counts.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission today filed charges against two Brookville, Pa. teenagers who recorded social-media videos of themselves holding down and repeatedly kicking an immobile white-tailed deer.

Charged are Alexander Brock Smith, 18, and a 17-year-old juvenile male. Each faces two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty and two felony counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated animal cruelty, as well as several other misdemeanor and summary counts.

A detailed list of the charges against each defendant and the possible maximum sentences based on those charges appears at the bottom of this news release.

The Nov. 30 incident for which Smith and his accomplice were charged has been seen by thousands of people worldwide who viewed the videos. The Game Commission became aware of the incident soon after the videos were posted, when one viewer shared a video to the agency’s Facebook page. The agency immediately launched an investigation.

Each defendant was interviewed as part of the investigation and confirmed they were hunting together Nov. 30 in an enclosed tree stand on property Smith’s family owns in Beaver Township, Jefferson County. The juvenile shot and wounded a buck, then missed with a follow-up shot. The deer was immobilized, video was taken, then shared through the messaging app Snapchat. One recipient of the video saved it to his phone and contacted the Game Commission, and his phone, as well as the defendants’ phones, were seized for forensic analysis.

Smith was arraigned on charges today before Magisterial District Judge Gregory M. Bazylak and was released on $50,000 unsecured bail. Paperwork containing the juvenile’s charges also was filed today, which begins the process of the charges being sent to juvenile court.

Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans said the filing of charges brings to an end a thorough investigation about an incident that has drawn much attention and public outrage. Burhans said posts about the incident on the agency’s Facebook page have made clear the contempt hunters hold for the actions depicted on the video.

“Hunters care deeply about wildlife,” Burhans said. “It’s through their decades of dedication to the outdoors that we enjoy healthy and sustainable populations of wild birds and mammals, and that those wildlife species that encounter trouble are identified and afforded additional protection.

“Hunters are taught at an early age to hunt ethically, to be respectful of the game they hunt, the property upon which they hunt and other hunters,” Burhans said. “The Game Commission’s Hunter-Trapper Education program emphasizes these longstanding principles to new hunters.”

Posts by followers of the Game Commission’s social-media pages made it clear that many were keeping track of the case as the investigation continued. Some expressed frustration with the length of time it took for charges to be filed, but in cases where charges likely are to be brought under the state’s Game and Wildlife Code, it’s important to complete a thorough investigation before filing any charges because a hearing on the charges might be held soon afterward, and the case closed permanently.

Even in this case, where there was video of an unlawful act, investigators had to determine it happened in Pennsylvania, where the Game Commission has authority to file charges, as well as collect evidence to prove the teens committed the act and posted the videos.

“It’s easy to understand why people were outraged by the incident,” Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners President Tim Layton said. “But the worst-case scenario would have been rushing the investigation and heading into court with a case that wasn’t as strong as it could have been.

“Complicated investigations take time, and on behalf of the Board of Game Commissioners, I would like to commend the Game Commission, its Northwest Region Office and all of the game wardens who investigated the matter in cooperation with Pennsylvania State Police, local law-enforcement and the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office. It’s a difficult job, and you do it extremely well.”

Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett also spoke of the length of time it takes to complete a thorough investigation.

“Obviously, this case has generated a large amount of public outcry,” Burkett said. “People have assumed that officers have been dragging their feet when, actually, the opposite is true. They have put a lot of hard work in on this case in order to present the case for prosecution. I commend the Pennsylvania Game Commission for their efforts in this matter.”

The Pennsylvania Game Commission does not release the names of minors who are charged with violations of the state Game and Wildlife Code.

Charges filed

Charges were filed today against two Brookville, Pa. teens who recorded social-media videos of themselves holding down and repeatedly kicking an immobile white-tailed deer. A list of the charges they face and the maximum penalties associated with each appear below.

Alexander Brock Smith

1. 18 Pa.C.S. § 5534(a)(1) – Aggravated Cruelty to Animal – F3

· Up to 7 years incarceration

· Up to $15,000 in fines

· Multiple years of hunting license revocation

2. 18 Pa.C.S. § 5534(a)(2) – Aggravated Cruelty to Animal – F3

· Up to 7 years incarceration

· Up to $15,000 in fines

· Multiple years of hunting license revocation

3. 18 Pa.C.S. § 5534(a)(1) – Aggravated Cruelty to Animal (Conspiracy) – F3

· Up to 7 years incarceration

· Up to $15,000 in fines

· Multiple years of hunting license revocation

4. 18 Pa.C.S. § 5534(a)(2) – Aggravated Cruelty to Animal (Conspiracy) – F3

· Up to 7 years incarceration

· Up to $15,000 in fines

· Multiple years of hunting license revocation

5. 18 Pa.C.S. § 5533(a) – Cruelty to Animal – M2

· Up to 2 years incarceration

· Up to $5,000 in fines

· Multiple years of hunting license revocation

6. 18 Pa.C.S. § 6301(a)(1)(i) – Corruption of Minors – M1

· Up to 5 years incarceration

· Up to $10,000 in fines

· Multiple years of hunting license revocation

7. 18 Pa.C.S. § 4910(1) – Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence – M2

· Up to 2 years incarceration

· Up to $5,000 in fines

· Multiple years of hunting license revocation

8. 34 Pa.C.S. § 2162(a) – Disturbance of Game or Wildlife – S1

· Up to 3 months incarceration

· $1,000 to $1,500 in fines

· Multiple years of hunting license revocation

9. 34 Pa.C.S. § 2307(a) – Unlawful Possession Game or Wildlife – S2

· Up to 1 month incarceration

· $400 to $800 in fines

· Multiple years of hunting license revocation

10. 34 Pa.C.S. § 2308(a)(10) – Unlawful Devices and Methods – S4

· $150 to $300 in fines

· Multiple years of hunting license revocation

11. 34 Pa.C.S. § 2102(a); 58 Pa. Code § 141.20 – Regulations; Protective Material Required – S5

· $100 to $200 in fines

· Multiple years of hunting license revocation


17-year-old juvenile

1. 18 Pa.C.S. § 5534(a)(1) – Aggravated Cruelty to Animal – F3

· Penalties to be determined in juvenile court system

· Multiple years of hunting license revocation

2. 18 Pa.C.S. § 5534(a)(2) – Aggravated Cruelty to Animal – F3

· Penalties to be determined in juvenile court system

· Multiple years of hunting license revocation

3. 18 Pa.C.S. § 5534(a)(1) – Aggravated Cruelty to Animal (Conspiracy) – F3

· Penalties to be determined in juvenile court system

· Multiple years of hunting license revocation

4. 18 Pa.C.S. § 5534(a)(2) – Aggravated Cruelty to Animal (Conspiracy) – F3

· Penalties to be determined in juvenile court system

· Multiple years of hunting license revocation

5. 18 Pa.C.S. § 5533(a) – Cruelty to Animal – M2

· Penalties to be determined in juvenile court system

· Multiple years of hunting license revocation

6. 18 Pa.C.S. § 4910(1) – Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence – M2

· Penalties to be determined in juvenile court system

· Multiple years of hunting license revocation

7. 34 Pa.C.S. § 2162(a) – Disturbance of Game or Wildlife – S1

· Penalties to be determined in juvenile court system

· Multiple years of hunting license revocation

8. 34 Pa.C.S. § 2307(a) – Unlawful Possession Game or Wildlife – S2

· Penalties to be determined in juvenile court system

· Multiple years of hunting license revocation

9. 34 Pa.C.S. § 2308(a)(10) – Unlawful Devices and Methods – S4

· Penalties to be determined in juvenile court system

· Multiple years of hunting license revocation

10. 34 Pa.C.S. § 2102(a); 58 Pa. Code § 141.20 – Regulations; Protective Material Required – S5

· Penalties to be determined in juvenile court system

· Multiple years of hunting license revocation

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Man I hope they get them ALL!!! ... Makes me soooo sad tears me up... toss in jail

Anonymous said...

Throw the book at them. If it were my kid I'd say the same thing. There's something wrong with a person who abuses living creatures

Anonymous said...

It's an animal, give them a fine and send them on their way. It's an ANIMAL, we kill human babies everyday and no one cares. People were even caught selling baby parts and nothing happened. Are we going to put these kids in jail for killing an animal, this madness needs to stop.

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU THANK YOU AND THANK YOU MORE!!! I'm beyond happy to see this go threw without a slap on the wrist!! I pray to the man above these charges stick!! I still each and everyday think of this when I look at my baby deer. How could anyone do such a thing! Thank you again!!

Anonymous said...

Nah. I'd prefer the eye for an eye justice you Christians are always screaming about.

Reader101 said...

Duh! It is common for The ones hurting and killing children to have started their hurting and killing on ANIMALS!! Do some research ...

Anonymous said...

psychopaths should be locked up for a loooooooooooooog next they would do a human and think it was ok what have we taught our kids of this age LOCK THEM UP OUT OF SOCIOTY

Cathy said...

Send them on their way, are you kidding me ?

Anonymous said...

I hope these little darlings go away for a long, long time. I'm sure they will make lots of friends where they are going. Your parents must be so proud. Good job Mom and Dad

Cathy said...

Send them on their way, are you kidding me ?

Anonymous said...

Seriously.....half of you people need to stop worrying about some random deer and start worrying about your spelling skills.

Anonymous said...

What these two done to this harmless injured deer is just sick !!!!!!!!!!! I am so very thankful that the system worked for these two freeks , Please ........... ( no plea bargains ) They should get just what they were charged for !!!!!!!!!!!

white russain said...

3:33 pm -amen! The game commission is a far bigger torturer of wildlife, but excuses it as their job - (Right, cpl.?). - But, as Americans, - killing the innocent and unborn child right up to the very day of birth is fine, even commendable.

Anonymous said...

What these kids did is wrong. The charges are way to harsh they should be punished yes. But you people tell me what the difference is when you hit a deer with a car and it lays next to the road for 2 days suffering and after several calls to the GAME COMMISSION and no one shows up to end the animals suffering WHO should be charged for that animal cruelty??

Anonymous said...

To poster 5:29 GIVE IT A REST

Anonymous said...

When game commision doesn't show up to put the deer to rest that got hit that's when ur suppose to call state police to take care of it. To the comments above about killing babies and thinking whatever is just as bad as it is to do what these sick pricks did to that innocent deer!! That's the problem we as human beings should be the voice of those that have none such as babies and animals!! I believe it's all wrong therefore none of it should happen! But it does, and if you know such thing IS going on then REPORT it and push for a punishment! I'm beyond thankful this deer situation was reported and is being dealt with! I pray to GOD these charges hold up! Because this isn't the first these two have done it apparently well 3rd time they got caught so maybe now it will prevent these sickos from killing a human being because that's where it begins for murders is killing animals!!!!

Anonymous said...

Amen!

Anonymous said...

So what you are trying to say is let the animal lay there till the state police respond to a non human call so just let it suffer

Anonymous said...

Hey 8:50 call the state police.....Dumb they have people problems to deal with

Anonymous said...

I didn't realize so many of the readers are PSYCHIATRIST'S

Anonymous said...

*It's THROUGH, not threw* And what man above?

Anonymous said...

For the ones that think it was ok have you watched the video. https://youtu.be/bl9lNLZYkbo
Maybe it'll be you or your kid they do it to next time.

Anonymous said...

Hey 9:27pm look it up, also I had same issue happen once so I know you idiot!

Anonymous said...

They'll take a plea agreement and avoid prison, which is WRONG! Public pressure needs to be constant until they are sentenced.

Anonymous said...

12:03 you left the animal lay there and suffer till the police got there you should be charged or did you like watching it suffer till someone got there why didn't you dispatch of it yourself

Anonymous said...

Draft Dodger Donald Trump will pardon them.

Anonymous said...

They will both be sold for cigarettes in prison. Yes, they will serve State prison time. This brought a lot of media attention so the judge will throw the book at them.

Anonymous said...

First of all, what does Trump have to do with this.
Secondly doing something wrong and posting it on the web? Not to bright.