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Man shoots deer in neighbor's yard and filmed viciously kicking it
SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Rich Jaffe) -- Across the tri-state deer are a fact of life.
Many people enjoy just looking at them, many other people also hunt deer ethically during the season. But for some, deer are a nuisance and a couple of weeks ago a Springfield Township man crossed the line when he decided to do something about what he said was one particularly troublesome deer.
When it comes to protecting their gardens from deer, people will take extraordinary measures. For example, one garden owner strung an electrified cattle wire around it to keep the deer out in the middle of suburbia! But Don McVey of Springfield Township went to the other extreme and did it all very wrong.
6:30 in the morning on August 5th, 2014, Don McVey picked up a 22 caliber rifle, walked out in his Springfield Township backyard and shot a deer feeding behind a neighbor's home two houses away from him. Paralyzed but still alive, the deer dropped a short distance away and on a home video it can be seen McVey casually walk up and start viciously kicking the injured animal. Moments later he dragged the deer towards the woods.
When McVey spotted a neighbor shooting video, he asked him if he wanted to give him a hand. Saying no, the neighbor called police.
The deer was with two fawns when she was shot. They were not injured during the incident. The desperate animal tried to get away but Local 12 has chosen not to show that part of the video because it's too disturbing. Police showed up and put the animal down.
McVey explained to officers that he was, "Tired of the deer damaging his garden," and admitted shooting it. Charged with illegal discharge of a firearm, Tuesday, August 19 he plead no contest and was found guilty.
Police said he, "Fired across inhabited dwellings." He was also shooting, "Near a main street through a neighborhood," according to the police affidavit. And while he talked to police, McVey didn't want to talk with Local 12.
Coming out of the courthouse, waiting to cross the street Local 12 asked if McVey was concerned about the people around and if they could have been hit?
He answered, "There was no one around or the deer would not have been there."
A top level misdemeanor, McVey's facing as much as six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. The magistrate on the case put off sentencing for five weeks because she wants to hear from the investigating officer. She may also be hearing from some state officials.
McVey is due back in court for sentencing on September 23rd.
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