FRANKLIN – Jacob McCafferty, age 20 of Union City, Pa. was sentenced by Erie County Court Judge Stephanie Domitrovich on Monday, September 18th for his part in the unlawful taking of multiple deer in Erie County. McCafferty, along with co-defendant Collin Stone, age 20 of North East, Pa., were apprehended by Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Darin L. Clark and Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer James E. Sutton after unlawfully killing an eight-point buck on November 4, 2015.
Follow-up investigation and laboratory analysis led to three other unlawful deer in possession at McCafferty’s residence.
McCafferty was charged with four counts of unlawful killing or taking big game and one count violating a safety zone. He accepted a plea agreement on one count of a deer unlawfully taken and was sentenced to the following: $1,500 fine; $2,605 lab fees including ballistics and DNA testing; $3,200 restitution; a prison sentence of 30 days to 23 ½ months; three years probation; and ten years revocation of his hunting and trapping privileges.
Co-defendant Stone was previously found guilty on one count of a deer unlawfully taken and one count of resisting an officer. He was assessed a fine of $1,500 on the deer and $1,000 for the resisting charge, and had his hunting and trapping privileges revoked for five years.
Speaking on this case, WCO Clark said, “This case resulted from timely information received from a local citizen. McCafferty and Stone were riding around shooting at deer from an ATV in several safety zones within Union City. Upon approach, Stone fled the scene with a 30-06 rifle. Shooting at deer with a high-powered rifle within safety zones presented a clear danger to citizens in addition to the wildlife resource.”
Citizens with information on game code violations should report them to the Northwest Region Office at (814) 432-3187 or through Operation Game Thief at 1-888-PGC-8001.