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MAN CHARGED IN HUNTING DEATH

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 the shooting.

"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.

Information from: The Post-Standard,

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