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Two charged after New York turkey hunting accident

May 19, 2011

Two turkey hunters were charged following a shooting accident Sunday in the town of Paris, state police in Marcy said.

Police were called to Community Memorial Hospital in Madison County this past weekend to interview a man who had apparently been shot while turkey hunting. Shane Stagaman, 40, of Madison Lake Road, Hamilton, was struck in the face with pellets fired from a shotgun that was discharged by his hunting companion, James Muscarella, 39, of Soule Road, Eaton, police said.

The investigation revealed that Muscarella discharged his shotgun, striking and killing a turkey. The pellets from this round continued through the woods and struck Stagaman, who had been positioned about 160 feet away, police said.

Police said Muscarella and Stagaman lied to authorities about where the incident occurred. The hunters initially reported the incident happened on state forest land in the town of Sangerfield, when the incident had actually occurred on private property located in the town of Paris, police said.

They were both subsequently arrested for providing a punishable false written statement and were issued appearance tickets returnable to the Village of Hamilton Court for Monday, police said.

They both also were charged by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officers with failure to properly tag a turkey, police said.

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