For hunters this is a cringe worthy story. I have written about and podcasted about some of the dumbest things hunters have done. This story is exactly the type of thing that needs to be avoided in order to keep a good public perception.
In November, Thomas Jadlowski shot a woman from 200 yards away while deer hunting in New York. This was an accident, and the police on the scene reported how deeply disturbed and upset he was. The woman died later at the hospital.
In a four-page ruling issued Wednesday, Chautauqua County Court Judge David Foley said the District Attorney’s Office erred when it presented its case in front of a grand jury against Thomas Jadlowski in the death of Rosemary Billquist. Specifically, Foley said District Attorney Patrick Swanson failed to answer a question of a grand juror regarding a lesser charge against the Sherman man.
“It was clear from the above referenced exchange that the grand jury had an interest, or at least being instructed on, a lesser degree of homicide,” Foley wrote. “It is the opinion of the court that the district attorney, as the grand jury’s legal advisor, had an obligation to answer their questions accurately and to comply with their request, by instructing them on criminal negligent homicide.”
Please put yourself in this mans shoes. Imagine you were the one that shot someone. Don’t forget that it only takes one mistake, and you will have to live with regret for the rest of your life.