A Pennsylvania hunter who shot a deer in a crowded Wal-Mart parking lot last year will have his record expunged granted he completes six months’ probation without incident, NBC-10 reports.
Arcangelo Bianco Jr., 40, was accepted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program for first offenders by an Indiana County judge on Friday. The Derry Township man will also have to pay $1,080 in court costs and probation supervision fees and complete 20 hours of community service.
Bianco pled not guilty to all charges: reckless endangerment, killing or taking big game unlawfully, failing o have a hunting license, discharging a weapon across a highway, discharging a weapon in a safety zone and using a motor vehicle to hunt illegally, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Bianco was not required to make a guilty plea under the ARD program for first-time, nonviolent offenders.
The incident, which was recorded by surveillance cameras, occurred on the first day of hunting season last year, Nov. 26. Wal-Mart employee Domenick Hewitt told authorities that Bianco sped in reverse in his pickup truck and fired a handgun near the store’s cargo loading area.
Bianco allegedly fired another shot as the deer ran across U.S. Route 22 and two more as the animal fell in a woman’s yard. Bianco returned to his vehicle, loaded the deer into the truck and drove away, Hewitt testified.
Sources: NBC-10, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review