SHAMOKIN — Former Northumberland County Sheriff Chad A. Reiner, who was cited by the state Game Commission and state police at Stonington for allegedly killing a deer out of season and shooting a neighbor’s guinea fowl, pleaded guilty Monday to four summary offenses.
Reiner, who was represented by attorney Tim Bowers, entered the plea before Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, who ordered him to pay $3,939.25 in fines, costs and restitution.
Reiner, 41, of 185 Peach Tree Lane, Pitman, agreed to pay the fines within 30 days.
He was issued four citations on April 8 by Officer Derek Spitler, of the state Game Commission. He was charged with one count of unlawfully taking or possessing game or wildlife and three counts of unlawfully killing or taking big game.
He is accused of killing an antlerless white-tailed deer out of season on April 1 on his property.
He also was cited by Trooper Raymond Snarski III for criminal mischief for allegedly using a .22-caliber pistol to shoot and kill a guinea fowl owned by Emerald Calvin Snyder, 69, of 177 Peach Tree Lane, Pitman, on Reiner’s property between Feb. 10 and Feb. 23. The citation was filed March 21.
The criminal mischief charge was amended to disorderly conduct as part of a plea agreement, Gembic said.
Reiner pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawfully killing or taking big game and one count each of unlawfully taking or possessing game or wildlife and disorderly conduct.
Reiner served as county sheriff from 2004 to January 2014 before resigning. He was succeeded by current sheriff, Robert Wolfe.
The charges were filed at Gembic’s office after Magisterial District Judge Michael Toomey, of Sunbury, recused himself because he previously served as an assistant district attorney during Reiner’s tenure as sheriff.