JEFFERSON COUNTY, Pa. (AP) — A Brookville teenager involved in an animal cruelty case has pleaded guilty to charges after officials say he and another teen were seen kicking and abusing a deer in a viral video in November last year.
Last week, Alexander Smith pleaded guilty to misdemeanor cruelty to animals and four summary offenses.
Smith was originally facing multiple felonies related to aggravated cruelty to animals, but those charges were dismissed.
Authorities say Smith and another teen were seen in the video laughing as they kicked an injured white-tailed buck in the face and ripped one of its antlers off.
Brookville Police Chief Vince Markle had identified one of the teens in the video as his stepson, Smith, and said he was sickened by the incident.
Authorities said no favoritism was being shown in the case.
Smith was sentenced to two years of probation, 200 hours of community service and must be available to the game commission to speak at hunting safety courses, schools and youth groups.
His hunting license was also revoked for 15 years.
There’s no word on court appearances for the other teen, a 17-year-old, who was facing charges in juvenile court.