NORWALK, Conn. — A judge has approved the request of a man accused in the illegal killing of two bears in Connecticut to enroll in a program that could lead to the dismissal of his charges.

The Hour reports 28-year-old Antonio Lio, of Wilton, was granted accelerated rehabilitation Wednesday. Lio’s charges will be removed if he completes 40 hours of community service and is not arrested again during the next two years.

Lio was facing charges of fourth-degree illegal hunting and two counts of illegally taking a bear. Police say he used a bow and arrow to kill two bears in Wilton last September.

State environmental officials say Lio skinned one bear for a trophy mount. However, Lio’s attorney argued the man shot the bears to protect his family.