Hunter Sentenced to Two Years for Accident

Kasen Smith. (Photo: WKBN)

On December 20, 2021, Kasen Smith was hunting deer on land near Market Street and West Calla Road in Beaver Township, Ohio, when his bullet strayed and hit an innocent man.

Smith not only was hunting without a proper hunting license, but he was also hunting without permission on this specific plot of land.

When Smith pulled the trigger aiming at a deer, the shot missed and hit a man’s foot in his home.

According to ForTheWin, the man hit was sitting on his couch with his wife and baby nearby.

“Smith pleaded guilty to discharging a firearm on or near prohibited premises, injuring a person while hunting, and hunting without permission and violating hunting ordinances,” WKBN reported.

When Smith spoke with investigators, he shared that he thought he was far enough away from the houses, even though he knew he fired in that direction.

On Tuesday, August 30, 2022, he was sentenced by Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas Judge John Durkin to two years in prison for shooting and injuring the man.

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Unrelated to the shooting, Smith’s 18-month-old son died in a vehicle accident this past June, so while prosecutors wanted Smith to serve four years, he was only sentenced to two.

Smith’s attorney, Tom Zena, and county assistant prosecutor Mike Yacovone discussed a way to sentence Smith that would release Smith after one year in prison rather than the 18 months that was originally anticipated.

In Ohio, any person who uses a gun in the commission of a crime is required to spend at least one year in prison before any additional prison time is meted out and before they are eligible for early release.

Judge John Durkin approved the recommendation for a one-year sentence and one-year gun specification. Smith was immediately handcuffed and taken from the courtroom to begin serving his two years.

Kasen Smith used a Ruger American .450 Bushmaster Bolt-Action Rifle. He surrendered it to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

He also paid the victim $10,000 in restitution for medical bills.

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About the author: Kenzie Fitzpatrick is the Owner of Reticle Up, LLC, a marketing agency specializing in working with businesses in the outdoor industry. She is a firearms instructor, a professional competitive shooter, a certified AR-15 armorer, and the host of the Reticle Up Podcast. She’s a positive voice in the 2A community, traveling the country to attend firearms events and sharing her passion with others.

{ 6 comments… add one }
  • joeupyours September 23, 2022, 10:28 am

    what a smuck,must be a democrat!

    • Sam Elliot September 23, 2022, 12:58 pm

      Turns out Kasen Smith is a registered Republican. He is also a big supporter of Donal Trump according to his Facebook page!

  • Steven Harrison September 14, 2022, 12:58 pm

    Not licensed and breaking/not knowing rules! Not a hunter!!! Gives hunters a bad name/reputation.

  • Robert Ubben September 6, 2022, 2:43 pm

    I agree with
    BIG AL.

  • Stickers September 6, 2022, 12:20 pm

    Meanwhile, Alec Baldy, who deliberately shot and killed a woman and injured another man, is still out walking the streets and proclaiming his victimhood.

  • Big Al 45 September 6, 2022, 10:10 am

    As Hunters, I feel that this publication as well as the rest of us use proper terminology.
    Hunting without a license, proper or otherwise, and without permission IS Poaching, NOT Hunting.
    Now I understand that this article may be by others, and NOT this site, but that’s where the Editorial staff comes into play, right?
    I AM a Hunter, but NEVER a Poacher, because I follow the rules and Laws.

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