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.