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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