September 30, 2011


APPLETON — A Menasha man was charged with a felony Wednesday after the state Department of Natural Resources determined that he hunted with a firearm despite having a prior felony conviction.

Peter A. Schmidt, 35, was charged in Outagamie County Court with one count of firearm possession by a felon.

A DNR warden examined records and found Schmidt shot two deer in 2008. The DNR checked his criminal record and discovered a felony marijuana conviction.

Schmidt told the warden he knew he couldn’t have guns, but continued hunting because he “was not convicted of a violent felony,” the criminal complaint says.

Schmidt faces up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines if convicted. He will make his first court appearance on Oct. 20.


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