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Three hunters face felony charges after stray bullet strikes home

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Posted at 12:41 PM, Jan 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-04 12:41:49-05

TOWN OF MOUNT MORRIS, N.Y. (WKBW) — Three hunters face felony charges after a stray bullet struck a home in the Town Of Mount Morris in early December.

According to the Livingston County Sheriff, 65-year-old Richard A. Houseman of Rochester, 35-year-old Richard R. Houseman of Rochester, and 35-year-old Robert R. Houseman of Scottsville were hunting on property across the road from a house on River Road that was struck when they fired two rounds at deer.

An investigation that followed the incident alleges the statements the hunters made initially were not credible.

The investigation revealed that Robert R. Houseman fired two rounds at a deer, one of those rounds crossed the road and struck the house.

After the house was struck, it is alleged the three hunters exchanged ammunition and planted a spent shell casing on the ground in an area where the shots did not occur in an attempt to conceal what actually occurred.

The three hunters were arrested January 2nd, by the Sheriff's Office and NYS DEC.

Robert R. Houseman faces the following charges: felony tampering with physical evidence and making a punishable false written statement, along with discharging a firearm across a public highway and failure to carry license/tags while hunting.

Richard R. Housemen and Richard A. Houseman face the following charges: felony tampering with physical evidence and making a punishable false written statement, along with failure to carry license/tags while hunting.

The three men were arraigned and released on their own recognizance.