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A hunter who walked away after shooting a teen while he was watching the sunset is charged with homicide


#Prosecutors accuse #Kenneth #Troy #Heller of walking away after shooting a teenager who was watching the sunset from his car in a state park.

  • A 52-year-old hunter was charged with homicide months after shooting and killing a teenager at a state park in #Pennsylvania.
  • #Prosecutors identified #Kenneth #Troy #Heller as the hunter who shot the teen while he waited for the sunset with his girlfriend.
  • #Troy has agreed to be held without bail until his #April arraignment, where he will enter into a plea agreement.
  • #Visit #Business #Insider’s homepage for more stories.

A hunter in #Pennsylvania has been charged with homicide after prosecutors said he walked away after shooting a teenager in a state park.

The teenager, 18-year-old #Jason #Kutt was sitting in his car with his girlfriend at #Nockamixon #State #Park when he was shot in #October. They were waiting to watch the sunset, #Bucks #County #District #Attorney #Matt #Weintraub said at a press conference.

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#His girlfriend heard the shot and saw #Kutt fall. #When she looked down the road she saw a hunter in orange gear looking in their direction, but he fled the scene.

#Eight weeks later, prosecutors identified #Kenneth #Troy #Heller, 52, as the shooter. #He was charged with criminal homicide, recklessly endangering another person, possession of an instrument of crime, possession of a brass knuckle dagger, and two hunting law violations – including failing to render aid to an injured person.

#Heller surrendered to police and agreed to be held without bail. #He has reached a preliminary plea deal with prosecutors, and following the consultation of #Kutt’s family, which will be formalized during his arraignment in #April, #Weintraub said.

#Weintraub said the plea deal allows #Kutt’s family to move on from how their son died and “celebrate his life,” as cases like these can drag on for years in the criminal justice system.

“#By making an agreement today, we get to avoid all that,” #Weintraub said. “

#Jason’s family gets to know exactly what happened to him,” he said. “They will not like it but they will get some finality of what happened to #Jason.”

#Weintraub noted that this isn’t the “perfect ending” to the case, because that would mean that #Jason – a 2020 graduate of a local high school – would be alive again.

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“I do not believe that it was #Mr. #Heller’s intent to shoot to kill #Jason #Kutt,” #Weintraub said. “#He never knew the man, they had no animus, this wasn’t a ‘#Hey, I’m going to try it out and see what’s it’s like to be a killer’ moment for #Mr. #Heller. #He has expressed remorse.”

#Weintraub said he didn’t want to prejudge the case in #October, but now that he knows the circumstances he’s comfortable that the charges filed are appropriate for #Heller’s conduct.

“#He is a hunter, he hit what he aimed, and he made an awful, awful mistake,” he said.



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