I posted this story last week about a New York woman mistakenly killed by her neighbor who thought she was a deer.
Thomas Jadlowski, 34, pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter charge and hunting after hours. His bail was set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 property. The charges carry a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.
Rosemary Billquist, 43, was walking her dogs in a field in the town of Sherman on Nov. 22 when she was shot by Jadlowski, who was about 200 yards away, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office. A press release announcing the indictment reads,
“After firing the shot, hearing a scream and finding Ms. Billquist, Mr. Jadlowski immediately called 911.“
Billquist was immediately taken to a nearby hospital, where she later died from her injuries.
A preliminary investigation found that Jadlowski fired the shot after sunset, and according to New York State regulations, deer hunting is only allowed from sunrise to sunset. Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a statement,
“Today, Mr. Jadlowski is being held accountable for his dangerous and reckless conduct when he shot his neighbor in the dark. I commend the work of our ECOs, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson in helping to bring this case to fruition, and I hope it serves as an example for all that illegal hunting after sunset and reckless conduct with firearms will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
Jadlowski is due back in court on Jan. 29.