Pennsylvania prosecutors announced Wednesday a hunter has been charged in the killing of a young man who was fatally shot while watching the sunset with his girlfriend at a state park in October.
Kenneth Heller, 52, of Warminster, is accused of gunning down 18-year-old Jason Kutt while deer hunting at Nockamixon State Park on Oct. 24, Bucks County prosecutors said.
“Clearly this isn’t a perfect ending,” Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub said. “Perfect would mean we have Jason back. But that’s just not how real life works.”
Kutt, of Sellersville, was sitting with his girlfriend at the edge of a lake and waiting for the sun to set when he was shot once in the back of the head, according to prosecutors.
He died two days later.
Kutt’s girlfriend told investigators in October she saw a man in an orange vest and hunting clothing while standing behind a gate and looking in their direction.
Officials say hunting is permitted in the park and was allowed the day Kutt was killed.
Heller has been charged with criminal homicide, recklessly endangering another person, possession of an instrument of crime and possession of a prohibited offensive weapon.
Prosecutors say Heller has agreed to plead guilty to all charges at his formal arraignment in April.
He’s currently being held at the Bucks County Correctional Facility without bail, and faces up to 20 years in prison.
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