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Man in spotlighting deer incident gets probation

Published May 07. 2013 05:02PM

A Carbon County man, scheduled for trial Monday in the county court stemming on charges stemming from a spotlighting of deer incident, instead was placed in a probation program.

Kory A. Christman, 34, of Palmerton, was set to select a jury to hear his case when he instead accepted the offer of the district attorney's office and entered the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) program for first time offenders.

Christman was charged for an incident on Sept. 3, 2011. Charged with him was Thomas Shupp, 42, of Palmerton. Both were charged with recklessly endangering another person, unlawful killing or taking big game, unlawful use of lights while hunting, loaded firearms in vehicles, unlawful devices and methods, restrictions on recreational spotlighting, and littering and restrictions on vehicles.

The two were charged by state game commission officers after two local gun club officers observed a pickup truck in a field spotlighting deer. They then observed a flame come from the passenger side of the truck, heard a shot, and deer in the field took off.

The two confronted the men in the truck, identified as Christman and Shupp. Christman was the passenger.

Christman got out of the truck allegedly holding a rifle. No one was injured.

Judge Steven R. Serfass approved the placement in the program for a year and ordered Christman to pay $650 for the cost of the program, attend and complete anger management counseling, render 50 hours of community service, pay restitution of $90, his share of the total costs, and have no contact with the victims. At the time of the incident Christman was a member of the hunting club the two witnesses belonged but said he is no longer a member.

Christman must also pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while in the program. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Shupp was placed in the ARD program on Nov. 27, 2012, on the same charges.

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