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A hunter who critically wounded another hunter in November
after mistaking him for a deer was sentenced to 20 days on the sheriff's
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
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
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
In court Tuesday, Foster also apologized to Peterson.
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