New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police charged a Chautauqua County man with 54 misdemeanor charges following an investigation of a deer jacking case, the agency announced today.
In addition to deer jacking - the illegal practice of shooting deer with the use of an artificial light - the investigation unveiled numerous other offenses. "This is the highest number of violations we've had associated with a single deer jacking case within our region," said Division of Law Enforcement Region 9 Police Captain Frank Lauricella. "Thanks to the months-long investigation and dedicated work of our Environmental Conservation Officers, DEC was able to successfully solve this particularly egregious deer case that involved multiple serious offenses."
Bruce Giddy, 60, of Falconer, was recently charged with 46 Misdemeanors of Environmental Conservation Law and 8 Penal Law Misdemeanors. The misdemeanors include:
Prohibited use of a weapon (4 counts)
Reckless endangerment, Second degree (4 counts)
Possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle (4 counts)
Taking deer while in a motor vehicle (4 counts)
Taking a deer from a public highway (4 counts)
Taking deer out of season (3 counts)
Taking deer out of legal hunting hours (1 count)
Illegal taking of a deer (4 counts)
Hunting deer with an artificial light (4 counts)
Discharging a firearm over a road (4 counts)
Discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a school property (1 count)
Discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a factory (1 count)
The case began when the Jamestown Police Department contacted DEC Police on November 25, 2012 to report that a deer had been shot and left on a school property in Jamestown over Thanksgiving weekend. Witness reports indicated that the man shot the deer from his vehicle within a residential area and on a school property. After careful investigation spanning four months, DEC Police were able to track down the suspect and also link him to numerous similar incidents where deer had been shot in residential areas and left behind, as well as with a lengthy list of other hunting-related violations.
In addition to being charged with misdemeanors of Environmental Conservation Law, charges against Giddy also include reckless endangerment charges for shooting on public property and within a residential area. Each misdemeanor carries a jail term of up to one year and fines range from $200 to 2,000 per charge. Giddy will be arraigned on the Town of Ellicott charges on April 16 and on the city of Jamestown charges on April 23.