Charges Filed in Deer Abuse Video
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According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, 18-year-old Alexander Smith and the 17-year-old juvenile have been charged with two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty and two felony counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated animal cruelty, as well as several other misdemeanor and summary counts. Smith was arraigned Friday and released on $50,000 unsecured bail. The game commission says the other teen's charges have been filed and will be sent to juvenile court. "It's easy to understand why people were outraged by the incident," Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners President Tim Layton said. "But the worst-case scenario would have been rushing the investigation and heading into court with a case that wasn't as strong as it could have been. "Complicated investigations take time, and on behalf of the Board of Game Commissioners, I would like to commend the Game Commission, its Northwest Region Office and all of the game wardens who investigated the matter in cooperation with Pennsylvania State Police, local law-enforcement and the Jefferson County District Attorney´┐Żs office. It's a difficult job, and you do it extremely well."