Outrage over sentencing for trespasser who shot and killed another hunter on private land

David Barber of Gaylord, Michigan was sentenced for involuntary manslaughter and a gun offense, about a month after a jury convicted him in the shooting death of Justin Beutel.

Investigators said that Barber was trespassing on privet land when he took a 55-yard shot at a deer. Barber was unaware that the deer he was shooting at was already dead and being field dressed by Beutel. When Barber approached, he found Beutel slumped over the deer.

Barber was not supposed to own a gun due to a felony conviction.

It is important to point out that Beutel was wearing an orange vest when he was shot.

The men didn’t know each other. Barber, 46, will be eligible for parole after five years in prison.