RUNNELS COUNTY - Four Ballinger teens remain under investigation for illegal hunting for an incident that occurred Dec. 3 according to Texas Parks and Wildlife.

RUNNELS COUNTY - Four Ballinger teens remain under investigation for illegal hunting for an incident that occurred Dec. 3 according to Texas Parks and Wildlife.

The investigation led Pinckney to three juveniles, all 16, and one adult, 17, all from Ballinger. Pinckney also discovered that nine deer had been killed overnight between Dec. 3 and Dec. 4. In addition  three regulators and two transformers  owned by Coleman County Electric Cooperative, had been shot as well.

Pinkney said the deer were reportedly taken to a Miles resident, who processed them before he could be contacted about the investigation.

The teens are facing one count each of criminal mischief, a third degree felony, killing deer without consent of a landowner, a state jail felony, hunting at night and hunting deer from the road, both Class A misdemeanors. The suspects may also have to pay for the damage to the CCEC equipment.

Upon conviction, the third degree felony carries a jail sentence of 2-10 years in prison with a $10,000 fine, the state jail felony calls for up to two years in state jail with a $10,000 fine. The Class A misdemeanor carries a one year jail sentence and a $4,000 fine. The alleged offenders could also face civil restitution, the loss of a hunting license for five years and loss of equipment used in the crime.

The Miles resident who accepted the deer is facing Class C misdemeanor charges for possession of un-tagged deer and possession of a deer by illegal means.

No arrests have been made and no citations have been issued.

"All of the evidence and reports have been turned over to the juvenile authorities, the county attorney and the district attorney," Pinckney said.