ELLICOTT - The Falconer man facing dozens of misdemeanor charges in connection to a massive deer jacking probe pleaded innocent Tuesday evening in Ellicott Court.
Bruce Giddy, 60, entered his plea in front of town Justice Marilyn Gerace.
Giddy was charged last week by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police following a four-month investigation into deer jacking. Police said the Falconer resident, on at least four occasions, flashed a bright light on a deer before shooting them. The practice is illegal in New York.
Giddy and his attorney, Peter Johnson, had no comment when approached outside the courtroom.
State authorities were tipped off by Jamestown police in November after a dead deer was located next to Bush Elementary School in the city. According to Capt. Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department, the deer was found on school property after receiving a 911 call for shots fired in the area.
"It's extremely dangerous to be out there shooting," Samuelson said last week. "The houses are close together up there near the school. It's never a good idea to be shooting, and it's why we have laws against it."
DEC police were able to match a description of a vehicle seen in one of the incidents to Giddy, who faces 46 misdemeanors for violating Environmental Conservation Law and eight penal law misdemeanors.
Among the charges are: one count of taking deer out of legal hunting hours; four counts of illegal taking of a deer; four counts of hunting deer with an artificial light; and four counts of discharging a firearm over a road.
"This is the highest number of violations we've had associated with a single deer jacking case within our region," said Frank Lauricella, Region 9 DEC police captain.
Giddy also is facing one count each of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of school property and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a factory.
Giddy is scheduled to be arraigned in Jamestown Court on Tuesday.
Each misdemeanor carries a jail term of up to one year and fines from $200-$2,000 per charge.