Poacher Sentenced in Shooting of Game Warden

Last deer season we brought you the story of a man who accidently shot a New York game warden while he was poaching deer. Alan Blanchard Sr. had his day in court last week were Columbia  County Court judge, Jonathan Nichols handed down the sentence.

According to NYUP.com, Blanchard pleaded guilty to a single count of second-degree assault, a Class D violent felony in connection with the Nov. 29 incident when he shot DEC environmental conservation officer James Davey.

Blanchard was sentenced to six months in jail and will have to pay $20,000 in restitution. The judge also revoked Blanchard’s hunting privileges and prohibited him from owning a firearm for the remainder of his life. He also must complete 100 hours of community service, during which he’ll have to speak to students in hunter safety training courses.

Davey and his partner were investigating a report of hunting after hours and shots fired.

Blanchard fired his .30-.30 rifle, striking Davey in the pelvic area. The officer is still recovering from the wound. Blanchard said he didn’t intentionally shoot Davey, but that he thought he was shooting at a deer.

Blanchard said in court he and James Brown of Pine Plains were “hunting after legal shooting hours” and “created the dangerous scenario that led to the shooting.”

Brown was cited for lesser violations in connection with the incident.

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