December 23, 2013

From StarGazette.com

wo 17-year-old Elmira residents are charged with eight Environmental Conservation Law offenses in connection with the nighttime shooting of a buck earlier this month behind Elmira Free Academy.

The charges stem from a Dec. 5 incident at EFA, 933 Hoffman St. in Elmira, where a buck was shot in the schoolyard next to the poolhouse behind the school, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said.

The two individuals possessed a shotgun and a compound bow, the DEC said, adding that the buck was killed with the shotgun.

The two teenagers, both males, face six misdemeanors and two violations.

Penalties for these misdemeanors range from $250 to $2,000 per deer per violation, and up to one year in jail. Penalties for the violations range up to $250 and up to 15 days in jail.

The DEC said the misdemeanors include spotlighting while in possession of a firearm; possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle; illegal taking of a buck deer; discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a school; hunting deer with the aid of an artificial light; and taking wildlife from a motor vehicle.

The DEC said the violations include hunting big game during the closed hours, and spotlighting while in possession of a bow.

It’s not known if the federal Gun Free School Zones Act will apply. It prohibits possession or discharge of a firearm within 1,000 feet of school grounds, and penalties can includes fines, imprisonment and one-year expulsion from school.

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