A man was convicted Tuesday of violating Mentor's new deer hunting law.
In October, Timothy Hejuk shot a deer with his bow while on property where he had permission to hunt.
However, the deer wandered to an adjacent property on Hopkins Road where Hejuk did not have hunting privileges before it died.
Instead of contacting the police department -- which the law requires him to do -- or asking for the neighbor's permission to collect the deer, Hejuk waited until night, sneaked onto the adjacent property and took the deer, Mentor Police Chief Daniel Llewellyn said.
When the person who lives on the Hopkins Road property awoke the next day, he found blood from the deer kill on his land and called the polce department.
Police located Hejuk and charged him with hunting without permission.
He pleaded guilty in Mentor Municipal Court.
Judge John Trebets fined him $500 and sentenced him to five days of volunteer work and three months of probation.
Furthermore, Hejuk had to forfeit the deer and he lost his hunting privileges in Mentor.
Llewellyn said this is the first time anyone has been convicted of violating the city's new bow-hunting law.