A teen-ager from northwestern Pennsylvania who killed a deer with his bare hands now says he has regrets.
Not about beating the nine-point buck to a pulp in a fit of road rage last week. That, he says, was a "mercy killing."
What he regrets is admitting that he "wanted to beat the crap out of it" after his car rammed the animal.
The state Game Commission won't charge Brian Krepp, 18, with animal cruelty, saying he merely helped put the buck out of its misery.
Animal-rights activists and others have criticized Krepp.
"They're making my son out to be a monster," said the boy's mother, Cheryl Peterson, adding she is proud of her son, a student at Rocky Grove High School near Franklin, Pa., about an hour south of Erie.