A Sonoma man was sentenced Thursday to three years probation and fined $2,000 for illegally shooting two deer in his backyard in May. Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Robert LaForge also ordered 47-year-old Thomas Tischner to perform 100 hours of community service and complete a hunter safety course. Tischner pleaded no contest to unlawful taking of a deer and discharging a deadly weapon within 150 yards of an occupied dwelling under the provisions of the state Department of Fish and Game. He faced a maximum sentence of a year in county jail. Neighbors called police when they saw Tischner shoot a female deer with a rifle in his backyard in Sonoma Valley on May 1. A Fish and Game warden who found two deer dead from gunshot wounds on the property determined at least one was killed with illegal ammunition and both does were taken out of season. Deer hunting is legal in California only during a statutorily defined season, generally between July and November, and hunters must use specified ammunition to take male adults, which must have at least four points on their antlers, the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office said. Assistant District Attorney Diana Gomez said the deer killings were “senseless and wanton.” Gomez said, “There were other ways to get the deer off his property but he chose the wrong and inhumane way and has been held criminally liable.”
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