- A 52-year-old hunter was charged with homicide a few months after shooting and killing a teenager in a state park in Pennsylvania.
- The prosecutor identified Kenneth Troy Heller as the hunter who shot the teenager while waiting for the sunset with his girlfriend.
- Troy agreed to be released on bail until he is arraigned in April, and he will reach a plea agreement in the court.
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Prosecutors said he left after shooting a teenager in a state park. A hunter in Pennsylvania was charged with homicide.
Ten-year-old, 18-year-old Jason Kutt was shot dead while sitting with his girlfriend in Nockamixon State Park. Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub said at a press conference that they are waiting to watch the sunset.
His girlfriend heard the gunshots and saw Kurt fall. When she looked down at the road, she saw a hunter in orange gear looking in their direction, but he fled the scene.
Eight weeks later, prosecutors identified 52-year-old Kenneth Troy Heller as the shooter. He was charged with homicide, endangering others without recklessness, possession of criminal tools, possession of a brass knuckle dagger, and two violations of hunting laws, including failing to provide help to the injured.
Heller surrendered to the police and agreed to be detained without bail. Weintraub said that he has reached a preliminary plea agreement with the prosecutor, and after consulting with the Kurt family, the negotiation will be formalized during his interrogation in April.
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Weintraub said: “By reaching an agreement today, we can avoid all these things.”
He said that Jason’s family knew exactly what happened to him. They won’t like it, but they will have a certain sense of what happened to Jason.
Weintraub pointed out that this is not the “perfect ending” of the case because it means that Jason-a 2020 graduate of a local high school-will be resurrected.
Weintraub said: “I don’t think Mr. Heller intends to kill Jason Kutt.” “He never knew this person. They were not angry. It’s not’Hey, I’m going to try and see See what it felt like when Mr. Heller became a killer. He expressed regret.”
Weintraub said that he did not want to prejudge the case in October, but now he knows under what circumstances he feels relieved because the allegations made are consistent with Heller’s behavior.
He said: “He is a hunter. He hit the target and made a terrible mistake.”