FRANKLIN – An Erie man has been charged by the Pennsylvania Game Commission for unlawfully killing antlerless two deer while his hunting license is revoked.
Jonathon M. Gindy, 32, faces two felony counts for unlawfully killing the deer and one first-degree summary count for hunting while his hunting license was revoked. As part of a major revision to the Game and Wildlife Code enacted in 2010, any person convicted of a third offense inside of a seven-year period faces felony charges. These charges mark the third time Gindy has been charged in the last three years. Additionally, when wildlife is taken unlawfully there are replacement costs. The replacement cost of an unlawfully taken deer is a minimum of $800 each.
Also charged is an accomplice, Anthony J. Double, 40, of Erie. As a first-time offender, Double is charged with one first-degree summary count for the unlawfully killing big game.
On Friday, Oct. 19, Deputy Game Wardens Steve Wingenbach and Joe Douglas received a tip that Gindy had shot and killed two deer, removed one of the deer from the scene and was going to be back to remove the second deer. Wingenbach and Douglas staked out the area and apprehended Gindy and Double loading the second deer into the trunk of a 2004 Pontiac.
State Game Warden Darin Clark and Cadet Jered Schibik were called in assist in the investigation.
Gindy was transported to Erie County Jail before being taken before Magisterial District Judge Lisa Serrick, of Erie, for arraignment. Gindy was released on $5,000 unsecured bond. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 31 at Judge Serrick’s court.
To learn more about wildlife in Pennsylvania, visit; www.pgc.pa.gov