The 20-year-old Astoria man who unlawfully shot and killed a deer within city limits last fall was sentenced Wednesday in Clatsop County Circuit Court.
James Lee Ogier pleaded no contest to hunting in city limits and recklessly endangering another person. A felony charge of unlawful use of a weapon was dropped as part of the plea agreement.
He was sentenced to 18 months probation. He must also complete 80 hours of community service and forfeit his gun and ammunition. His hunting license is suspended for three years.
Astoria Police were dispatched to Sixth Street and Olney Avenue early in the morning of Oct. 27 for a report of a gunshot in the area. Officers found a Nissan truck with a dead buck in the bed.
Ogier approached the officers with blood on his hands and claimed he had struck the deer with his vehicle. However, Ogier had shot the deer, gutted the animal and loaded it into his vehicle.
Officers said the backdrop for the gunshot was the nearby Bayshore Apartments, and that Ogier appeared to be intoxicated. At the time, he was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants, but was never charged.
His blood alcohol was measured at .04 percent a couple of hours after the incident, according to the Clatsop County District Attorney’s Office.
“Intoxicated driving and the use of a firearm inside the city limits are not only illegal, they are a recipe for tragedy,” Astoria Deputy Police Chief Eric Halverson said at the time.
The deer was donated to the local food bank.