WV Hunter Gets 1 Year in Teen's Shooting Death

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- A St. Albans man has been sentenced to a year in prison for fatally shooting a teenager during a hunting trip.

Twenty-year-old Andrew Scott Hardin admitted he accidentally shot Nicholas Caldwell in April 2008 as they were turkey hunting, didn't stop to check on the 16-year-old victim afterward and went home without telling anyone about the incident.

Hardin pleaded guilty in April to a felony count of wanton endangerment along with two misdemeanors: killing a person while hunting and failure to render aid.

Kanawha County Circuit Judge Duke Bloom on Friday also ordered Hardin to pay $6,000 to the state's Crime Victims Compensation Fund as restitution for funeral expenses.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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