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Man convicted in theft of gigantic buck

PHILIDELPHIA — The owner of a deer breeding farm who was accused of stealing a gigantic 28-point buck was found guilty after four hours of jury deliberations.

Jeff Spence, the owner of White Oak Whitetails deer ranch in Reynoldsville, Pa., was convicted in Jefferson County court of one count each of theft and receiving stolen property.

Spence was accused of the 1999, theft of a deer known as Goliath from a Beaver Township, Clarion County, couple. D-N-A testing showed that the buck that Spence called Hercules was the stolen animal that Rod and Diane Miller had bought when it was two days old and raised at their Wild Bunch Ranch near Knox.

Defense lawyer Ralph Montana argued that the prosecution had not proven that his client knew the animal was stolen.