MI: Hunter shoots man out picking apples
Hunter pleads in shooting accident
By Jenny Lancour -
POSTED: October 30, 2008
ESCANABA - A Rock woman, who was hunting grouse when she accidentally
shot a man three weeks ago pleaded, guilty Wednesday to attempted
careless or reckless use of a firearm, discharge causing injury.
Stella Barbara Norman, 65, 16489 Timberlane Road, pleaded guilty to
the misdemeanor during her arraignment before Delta County District
Court Judge Glenn Pearson.
Norman said she was riding her four-wheeler and hunting birds when
the accident happened on private property in Maple Ridge Township. She
shot at a bird and never saw or heard the three people who were picking
apples about 45 yards away, she told the judge.
Richard Koski, 40, Rockvale, Tenn., was shot in the side of his head
and body by No. 6 fine shot, according to State Police from the
Gladstone Post. He was transported by ambulance to Marquette General
Hospital where he was treated and later released.
His father, Ronald Koski Sr., 68, Gladstone, was also picking apples.
A pellet went through the back of his jacket and bounced off his belt,
according to the police report. Ronald's truck was also shot. Richard's
son, Kyle, 10, was also picking apples with his father and grandfather,
Pearson accepted Norman's guilty plea and said a pre-sentence report
will be compiled. Norman is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 15. The
charge carries a maximum punishment of one year in jail and a $1,000
fine. She posted a $500 personal recognizance bond. The hunting incident
occurred at 4:23 p.m. Oct. 8. A warrant was authorized by the county
prosecutor Oct. 22. Norman was arrested the next day, according to court