Chilmark hunter cuts plea deal on multiple charges

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Lev Wlodyka agreed to surrender his crossbow as part of a plea deal Friday. —Crossbow Productions

A Chilmark man has admitted sufficient facts in Edgartown District Court to multiple hunting charges as part of a plea deal. The charges date back to a night in November 2017 when Chilmark Police found Lev Wlodyka deer hunting from a vehicle with a crossbow on North Road. Wlodyka was subsequently charged with hunting with an improper weapon (crossbow), hunting from a vehicle, hunting without a license, hunting with artificial light, hunting on posted property, and trespassing.

Before Judge J. Thomas Kirkman, Wlodyka agreed to forfeit the crossbow police found in his possession, and to a one-year probation period. The charges of trespassing and hunting on posted property were dismissed at the request of Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe’s office. The remaining charges were continued without a finding for one year.

Wlodyka’s attorney, Robert Moriarty, declined to comment on the case.

Wlodyka and Chilmark Police Chief Jonathan Klaren could not immediately be reached for comment.

 

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  1. This whole comment section the MV Times provides for this story is more than a little disturbing. The blatant inconsistency with which it provides these sections for “crime” stories of its choosing, yet routinely denies the same opportunity on the weekly District Court list, which contains “crimes” no less compelling to the public interest. The criteria upon which one person charged with a crime escapes the MV Times sanctioned public savaging, yet others get no such luck such as in the case of Mr Wlodyka seems to indicate very poor journalistic standards.

    • We don’t allow comments on our court reports because it’s the bare bones facts of the case. In this case, a reporter went to the court and went through the court file. Also, this is a followup from a previous story. Thanks for your comments on journalistic standards, but you’ll excuse us if we don’t take our lessons in integrity from someone accused by local health departments of selling honey that they pulled from the shelf because of concerns they weren’t what they were purported to be.

    • What part of “hunting with an improper weapon (crossbow), hunting from a vehicle, hunting without a license, hunting with artificial light, hunting on posted property, and trespassing” is not of compelling interest to the public? Asking for a friend.

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