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Butler County man charged for illegal deer kill, sale

| Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008

A Butler County man has been charged with violating game and wildlife laws for allegedly possessing unlawfully killed deer and illegally selling game meat, the Pennsylvania Game Commission said today.

William Kielty III, 60, of Evans City faces $22,700 in penalties and could lose his hunting and trapping privileges for 65 years.

"Kielty had been operating his deer processing business in the garage behind his house for years," Randy Pilarcik, a Game Commission wildlife conservation officer for southern Butler County, said in a news release. "This man stands accused of stealing from hard-working hunters -- both their venison and their money -- and sadly, people in need."

In fall of 2006, the Game Commission began receiving numerous complaints that Kielty was accepting illegally harvested deer and then selling the meat. An investigation found evidence that Kielty was picking up and failing to report road-killed deer.

He is accused of stealing and selling meat from hunters who legally killed their deer and had gone to Kielty to process it.

Kielty was enrolled in the Hunters Sharing the Harvest program, through which hunters can donate deer through meat processors to food banks and soup kitchens. Rather than forward all the meat to the charitable organizations, Kielty is accused of keeping some of it for himself.

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