WV: Guilty Plea In Shooting Of Hunter
July 24, 2010
Guilty Plea In Shooting Of Hunter
A Colliers man was sentenced to community service Tuesday for
accidentally shooting another man while hunting in May.
David Eugene Nale, 67, pleaded guilty to negligent shooting before Brooke
County Magistrate Michael Allman. Following the plea, Allman sentenced Nale
to 20 days in jail, then suspended the sentence in lieu of 160 hours of
community service. According to the criminal complaint filed in magistrate
court, Nale was turkey hunting at about 8 a.m. May 15 when the incident
The shooting took place on the grounds of the Colliers Sportsman Club off
Putney Ridge Road.
The document alleges Nale "did carelessly and negligently shoot"
35-year-old John McKinney of Follansbee, "causing serious bodily injury."
Nale told investigators he saw movement in the brush in front of him and
fired a shot from his scoped, .17-caliber rifle. The round hit McKinney "in
the back of the neck and lodged in the left side of his neck."
Nale reportedly dialed 911 from his cell phone, and McKinney was
subsequently airlifted to United Presbyterian Medical Center in Pittsburgh,
where he was treated and eventually released.
Steve Himmelrick, Brooke County's conservation officer from the West
Virginia Division of Natural Resources, investigated the incident.
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