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Punxsutawney Phil sentenced to death for lying about early spring

Posted at 2:39 PM, Mar 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-22 14:39:09-04

As freezing temperatures persist in mid-March, many are calling for Punxsutawney Phil’s head after the groundhog lied about an early spring — and an Ohio prosecutor has even indicted him for fraud.

Butler County Prosecutor Michael T. Gmoser says he had a ‘brainstorm moment’ when he woke up to a snowstorm, and decided he was going to seek the death penalty for the fraudulent deceitful groundhog.

Punxsutawney Phil

Gmoser has indicted Phil on “one count of misrepresentation of Spring, an unclassified felony, against the peace and dignity of the state of Ohio,” ABC reported.

According to the court document, “Punxsutawney Phil did purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause the people to believe that Spring would come early.”

Gmoser says he was surprised when concerned citizens began calling, and says he never actually intended to hurt Phil.