Sentencing continued for pig-stealing poacher

Sentencing was continued Friday for Nick Andrew Kissinger, 20, of 68 Reed Road, Franklin Township, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary and theft charges after breaking into a farmer’s barn and stealing, shooting and butchering two pigs last February. Kissinger also awaits sentencing for poaching deer during the same time period.

Kissinger and co-conspirator Brett Richard Reynolds, 19, of 74 Ikes Drive, Brady Township, broke into Melvin Swisher’s pig barn in the 5700 block of Moreland Baptist Road, Unityville, sometime between Feb. 2 and Feb. 7, according to court records filed by the state Game Commission.

The pair put the pigs in the back of Kissinger’s truck and drove about a mile away before shooting them with a rifle, Reynolds told Jonathan Michael Wyant, a wildlife conservation officer with the Game Commission. The pigs were butchered and the meat given to family and friends, according to Wyant.

Kissinger and Reynolds also spotlighted and killed a total of nine deer on two separate occasions in early January and February in Franklin and Clinton Townships, respectively, Reynolds told Wyant. The deer were taken to a home and skinned and butchered, according to Wyant.

Kissinger is on probation for a previous felony conviction. He broke into Dixie’s Gunshop on North Railroad Street in Hughesville on July 11, 2011, and stole guns.

Kissinger’s sentencing has been rescheduled to 3 p.m. Jan. 29, 2014, before Judge Marc F. Lovecchio.