Contact: Sgt. Gregory Rhodes, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, 302-739-9913 or 302-542-6102, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Felton man charged with weapons, hunting violations
FELTON (Dec. 2, 2013) – DNREC Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Agents arrested a Felton man Nov. 23 and charged him with hunting violations, and with illegal possession of a firearm because of a prior felony conviction.
Christian M. Killen, 47, was arrested and charged with felony possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, felony possession of ammunition by a person prohibited, carrying a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, hunting from a motor vehicle, hunting without a license and possession of unlawfully taken game. A 12-gauge shotgun, ammunition and an illegally taken fox were seized as evidence.
Killen was video arraigned in Justice Peace Court 7 and released on $5,250 unsecured bond, pending trial in a higher court at a later date.
Delaware law prohibits persons with prior felony convictions from owning or possessing weapons, including all firearms and any type of bow. Penalties for violations range from probation and fines to jail sentences.
“Having a loaded weapon in and hunting from the confines of a motor vehicle is extremely dangerous and also is prohibited by Delaware law,” said Sgt. Gregory Rhodes of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement.
The charges resulting from this arrest help protect Delaware’s wildlife resources and reduce the threat to public safety that can result from illegal hunting practices and illegal possession of firearms.
The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife recognizes and thanks the majority of anglers, hunters and boaters who comply with and support Delaware’s fishing, hunting and boating laws and regulations. Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section by calling 302-739-4580. Wildlife violations may also be reported anonymously by calling 800-292-3030 or online at Operation Game Theft.
Vol. 43, No. 455