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HUNTER SENTENCED TO ROAD WORK FOR ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING

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01/16/2004

Associated Press

A hunter who critically wounded another hunter in November after mistaking him for a deer was sentenced to 20 days on the sheriff's road crew.

Lane County Circuit Judge Doug Mitchell also banned Trevor Kory Foster, 20, of Eugene from hunting during two years of probation and ordered him to pay $865 in attorney's fees and court costs.

He was convicted of misdemeanor assault and negligently wounding another.

The victim, 21-year-old Nicholas Lee Peterson, said he hopes the case encourages hunters to be more careful. He still cannot straighten his left arm, after being shot in the elbow and ribs with a .270-caliber rifle.

Peterson said he feels lucky the high-powered rifle shot didn't kill him.

Foster fired the shot around dark on the final day of deer season as Peterson was in a wooded area. Peterson was rattling deer antlers at the time, a technique used to attract bucks. After he was shot, Peterson walked and crawled to within shouting distance of his home, where medics were summoned.

In court Tuesday, Foster also apologized to Peterson.

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