One shot at a deer could equal one year behind bars for Freeland men

Two Freeland men are accused of shooting at a deer from a car window at night this past October.

Neither had a hunting license nor was legally allowed to possess firearms, according to court documents.

Prosecutors charged Christopher E. Casey, 31, and Talen Sesera, 32, in Island County Superior Court Jan. 6 with unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful hunting of big game in the second degree.

On Oct. 18, a Mutiny Bay Road resident reported that someone in a white car shot at her husband and drove away. Her husband drove after the car and got the license plate number.

A deputy tracked the car to Casey’s home. He admitted to the deputy that he and Sesera saw deer on the Mutiny Bay Road property and knocked on the door to ask permission to hunt. When nobody answered, they drove halfway down the driveway and Sesera took a shot at a deer with a shotgun through the passenger window, the deputy’s report states.

The shot missed and the two men drove off.

Casey admitted that neither he no Sesera had a license, tag or hunting permit. The deputy seized Casey’s shotgun as evidence.

Casey had been convicted of a domestic-violence crime when he was younger, which means he isn’t allowed to possess a firearm, the report states. Sesera’s criminal history included felony convictions, which means he’s also not allowed to possess a gun under state law, the report indicates.

If convicted of the charges, both men could face up to one year in jail under the standard sentencing range.