Man gets jail time for shooting bear
December 27, 2013 10:20 AM

EASTON (AP) — A man has been sentenced to five years in prison after shooting a black bear outside of hunting season with a crossbow he wasn’t allowed to have.

The Easton Express Times said Thursday that Kevin Young, 26, of Blairstown Township, N.J., pleaded guilty earlier this year to weapons charges. He was barred from possessing weapons due to a 2006 burglary conviction.

The dead bear was found hidden in the woods and investigators traced its blood to Young’s home. Police said they found a crossbow as well as weapons including a shotgun, switchblade, dagger and hollow-point bullets.

Officials also said the bear was killed in July 2012, which is out of hunting season.

Young’s attorney Michael Priarone declined to comment.

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