August 21, 2004, 11:08 AM EDT
THROOP, N.Y. (AP) _ A man was charged with criminally
negligent homicide in the death last winter of a fellow deer hunter.
Thomas Calescibetta Jr., 40, of Port Byron, faces up to
four years in state prison if convicted on the felony charge filed Friday.
Calescibetta had admitted accidentally shooting Jerry
Sylvester, 43, while the two were hunting Dec. 9 on Sylvester's property
near Auburn, in the Finger Lakes region. Calescibetta called 911 to report
"A reasonable hunter would have confirmed that his target
was a deer and not a human being," said Cayuga County District Attorney
James B. Vargason.
In the '80s, Calescibetta was the key witness for the
prosecution in the murder trial of man accused of killing an Auburn woman in
1981. Calescibetta later recanted his testimony. The conviction in that case
was later overturned.
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