A hunter in Pennsylvania pleaded guilty to the shooting of an 18-year-old man who watched the sunset with a girlfriend in a lake in a state park.
Warminster’s 52-year-old Kenneth Troy Heller surrendered to the authorities on Wednesday and was detained without bail at the first trial. He agreed to plead guilty to unintentional homicide and other charges when he appeared in court in April.
Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub said: “Obviously, this is not a perfect ending. Perfect means we want Jason to come back.” “That’s not the way of real life.”
Prosecutors said that 18-year-old Jason Kutt was shot dead on October 24 while sitting with his girlfriend on the edge of Lake Nakomickson in Nakomickson State Park. Weintraub said that Kurt’s girlfriend told police that after the shooting, she saw a man in an orange vest standing behind a yellow gate about 550 feet away, looking in their direction.
Weintraub said that on Tuesday, Heller and his lawyer met with detectives and he admitted to shooting and killing Kurt. Weintraub said Heller was accused of homicide, endangering others without regard to the consequences, possession of criminal tools, possession of prohibited offensive weapons and two violations of hunting laws.
Investigators narrowed down the potential criminal suspects after tracking three vehicles found in the park, one of which belonged to Heller. Heller’s colleagues told the authorities that after the shooting, he did not go out to work next Monday and was apparently “shocked” when he returned on Tuesday.
Weintraub said: “I don’t think Mr. Heller intends to kill Jason Kutt.” “He never knew this person, they have no hatred. It’s not’Hey, I’m going to try and see See how it felt when Mr. Heller became a killer. He expressed remorse.”
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Heller’s colleagues also said that after the shooting, he gave away guns, hunting equipment and ammunition. Weintraub said that after searching his vehicle on December 10, he obtained a .17-caliber Marin rifle, ammunition and an orange hunting vest, with a 2020 hunting license issued to Heller attached to the vest.
Heller faces up to 20 years in prison. Weintraub said that Kurt’s family agreed to a plea agreement.