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Cheektowaga's "Deer Lady" Sentenced to 15 Days in Jail

By Eric O'Connor

Cheektowaga, NY – The Cheektowaga woman known as the "Deer Lady" was sentenced to spend 15-days in jail. Anita Depczynski was convicted of violating the state ban on feeding wild deer.

Prosecutor James Vallone recommended that Depczynski pay a fine and perform community work in place of prison time, but she rejected the offer.

"I would have preferred the community service and fine. I was hoping she would accept those conditions. She did not," Vallone said. "As a result of that, I'm not sure the judge had any latitude. I think the judge has been very reasonable and patient. Unfortunately, she's been non-cooperative, as far as we're concerned."

Depcyznski was taken away in handcuffs and spent several hours at the Erie County Holding Center, but was later released. A judge granted her attorney's request to suspend her sentence pending appeal.