- Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, USA -
An UPDATE came in on the two teens who were seen in a video holding down, kicking and stomping multiple times on the head a wounded, helpless, and defenseless whitetail deer.
The revolting video was posted over the weekend of November 30.
The incident was investigated by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
An online petition calling for criminal charges to be filed against the teens gathered more than 700,000 signatures.
The two individuals in question are both Brookville residents, 18-year-old ALEXANDER BROCK SMITH, and unfortunately the identity of the 17-year-old has not been disclosed because of his age.
Finally, on Friday, January 10, 18-year-old ALEXANDER BROCK SMITH and the 17-year-old were both charged with felony counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and tampering with or fabricating evidence.
SMITH was also charged with misdemeanor corruption of minors.
Action News4 reports that: "Each defendant was interviewed as part of the investigation and confirmed they were hunting together Nov. 30 in an enclosed tree stand on property Smith's family owns in Beaver Township, Jefferson County," the Game Commission said in a written statement. "The juvenile shot and wounded a buck, then missed with a follow-up shot. The deer was immobilized, video was taken, then shared through the messaging app Snapchat. One recipient of the video saved it to his phone and contacted the Game Commission, and his phone, as well as the defendants' phones, were seized for forensic analysis."
Outraged comments poured in from around the world when the video was posted on social media, and one person who is particularly disgusted by this is Chief Vince Markle with Brookville Police Department.
One of the two teens is his stepson.
ABC7 reports that: “If convicted, Smith faces a maximum of 37 years incarcerated and multiple years of hunting license revocation, according to the game commission. He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Gregory M. Bazylak on Friday and released on $50,000 bail.”