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NY - Man charged after hunting partner sprayed with birdshot

Posted by Steve Carlic
January 13, 2008 8:12PM
Categories: Breaking News, Regional News

A 60-year-old Utica man was accused of firing a 12-gauge shotgun loaded with birdshot in the direction of his fellow hunter, a 27-year-old man also of Utica.

Oneida County Sheriff's deputies accused Paul C. Betzenhauser of first-degree reckless endangerment -- a felony -- after he sprayed hunting partner Wyatt T. Henderson with shot, injuring his face, head and torso, police said.

The shooting took place shortly Sunday afternoon off of Summit Road in the town of Paris, located southwest of Utica.

Henderson was treated at St. Luke's Hospital and released. Betzenhauser was arraigned in the town of Paris Court and bail was set at $1,500. He is scheduled to appear in town court at a later date.

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