By RUBY GONZALES | firstname.lastname@example.org | San Gabriel Valley Tribune|
A Duarte man on Thursday pleaded not guilty to charges related to his fatal shooting of a deer with a bow and arrow in a Monrovia neighborhood.
Michael Jackson Rodriguez, 33, entered his plea during his Thursday arraignment at Pasadena Superior Court. Greg Risling, spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, said Rodriguez returns to court Jan. 10 for a hearing.
On Nov. 6, the D.A. charged Rodriguez with a felony count of procuring and offering a false or forged instrument and three misdemeanor counts of discharging a deadly weapon within 150 yards of an occupied dwelling, possession of wildlife taken unlawfully and shooting a bow and arrow within Monrovia.
It is illegal to shoot a deer or discharge a weapon within 150 yards of a home, according to a statement from the D.A.’s Office.
If convicted of all the charges, Risling said Rodriguez could get up to 3½ years in county jail.
A surveillance camera on one of the homes recorded the Sept. 14 shooting at Alta Vista Avenue and Patrician Way.
In a telephone interview with the Southern California News Group in September, Rodriguez said he had been hunting in a legal area nearby when he shot at the deer, which was legal game during the current archery deer hunting season.
He said the shot only injured the buck. He followed the animal as it headed to the neighborhood along Alta Vista Drive. He knew he was within the 150-yard buffer zone from homes but felt compelled to finish off the deer. Rodriguez claimed the deer was suffering and was darting into the street, posing a potential danger to drivers.
He said he reported what happened to authorities.
Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune