Man Arrested For Hunting Deer in Backyard

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PARMA-- Taras Martinuk, 62, of Parma is very proud of the landscaping around his home on Pleasant Valley Road.

But his passion for shubbery has him in trouble after he was arrested for using a crossbow to shoot and kill a deer in his backyard last month.

"I'm sorry and I regret it. It should be different way. But, in that time when I was mad, I just saw one way to chase them out," said Martinuk.

According to police reports, Martinuk shot the doe with an arrow and a neighbor later reported the deer dead in his backyard.

Police then tracked the deer's footprints, which led right to Martinuk's home.

"It's really a silly case and the city make me a criminal," said Martinuk.

People who live in that part of Parma say the neighborhood sees a lot of deer.

However, according to Parma city code, it is illegal to shoot firearms or other weapons within city limits.

Wednesday, Martinuk was arraigned in municipal court on charges of illegal hunting, discharge of firearms, possession of loaded weapons, criminal trespassing, and possession of criminal tools.

Martinuk faces up to 9 months in jail and almost $2,000 in fines.

"I wasn't intending to kill the deer but I thought maybe that I would scare it. I am not a good shooter. I never shoot them before. It's my bad luck," said Martinuk.

Martinuk plead not guilty and faces a pretrial hearing later this month.