Falconer man pleads innocent in Jamestown Court for deer jacking

JAMESTOWN – A Falconer resident accused of deer jacking has been ordered to surrender all firearms to police.

During an arraignment Tuesday morning, Bruce Giddy, 60, also was told to undergo a mental health evaluation. A temporary order of protection against a person whose name was not released was issued, as well.

The Falconer man ultimately pleaded innocent in front of City Court Judge John LaMancuso to 41 misdemeanor charges stemming from a four-month investigation into deer jacking.

Attorney Peter Johnson said his client has been under the supervision of a mental health expert since March and had surrendered a shotgun to authorities. LaMancuso said any remaining firearms in Giddy’s possession were to be turned over to Jamestown police by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Giddy, who pleaded innocent last week in Ellicott Court, is facing 54 misdemeanors in total after being charged by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police.

Police said Giddy, on at least four occasions, flashed a bright light on a deer before shooting it. The practice is illegal in the state.

Authorities were tipped off to the alleged deer jacking in November after Jamestown police were notified of shots fired near Bush Elementary School in the city. Police found a dead deer on school property and contacted the DEC.

On Tuesday, Giddy was arraigned on 41 of the misdemeanors, including: illegal hunting, reckless endangerment, discharging a firearm and prohibited use of a weapon.

Giddy was released under the supervision of probation. He will be back in city court on July 2 for a pre-trial meeting.

Johnson could not be reached for comment.