ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ An 82-year-old Connecticut man has applied for a special court program that would spare him prison time for shooting to death a black bear in January.
The Hartford Courant reports that John Rocha of Windsor asked a judge Thursday to grant him accelerated rehabilitation, a special probation available to first-time offenders.
Rocha has acknowledged shooting the 5- to 6-year-old bear with a .30-caliber rifle on Jan. 4, after he saw it and a cub ripping into some neighbors’ garbage. The younger bear was later tranquilized and relocated.
Rocha was charged with illegally killing a black bear and negligent hunting.
Judge Howard Scheinblum is scheduled to rule on Rocha’s request during his next court appearance on March 4.
Information from: The Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com
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