5/29/2020

The two teens seen in aviral video showing the beating and torturing a white-tailed buck in Pennsylvania have resolved their cases in court, the Pennsylvania Game Commission said Friday.

The video shot Nov. 30 was shared on social media, and calls for the boys to be prosecuted grew as the game commission investigated for months afterward.

Alexander Brock Smith, 18, was charged as an adult and a 17-year-old boy was charged as a juvenile in January.

Initially facing felony counts, Smith pleaded guilty May 6 in Jefferson County court to a misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals and summary counts of disturbance of game or wildlife, unlawful possession of game or wildlife, using unlawful devices or methods while hunting and failure to wear the required amount of fluorescent orange while hunting.

Smith, the stepson of Brookville’s police chief, had been free on $50,000 unsecured bail since he was charged in January.

As part of the plea deal, Smith was sentenced to two years on probation. He must perform community service at an animal shelter and through presentations made to hunter-education classes and sportsmen’s clubs, the commission said in a news release.

Smith must also pay $1,650 in fines and his hunting license will be revoked for 15 years.

A 17-year-old boy was also charged as a juvenile in the case. His case was resolved Thursday in Jefferson County juvenile court, the commission said. The commission did not release details of the legal resolution, saying the juvenile court records are not available for public review.

The teens reportedly told investigators they were hunting together on the property of the Smith family in Beaver Township when they recorded the video on Nov. 30.

The juvenile shot and wounded a buck, then missed with a follow-up shot, the commission said. The video was shared through Snapchat, and one recipient saved the video and contacted the Game Commission.

“From the start, some of the loudest voices calling for justice in this case were those of hunters, who care deeply about wildlife and have always stepped up to protect it,” Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans said in the release.

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