Nfld. & Labrador

Probationary sentence for hunter who accidentally shot woman

A man from Notre Dame Bay was sentenced to two years probation on Friday for shooting a woman he mistook as a moose in November 2011.

A man from Notre Dame Bay was sentenced to two years probation in a Gander court on Friday for shooting a woman he thought was a moose in November 2011.

Corey Blake, 36, pleaded guilty in March to criminal negligence causing bodily harm, hunting without a license and breaching his probation after mistaking Joan Primmer, 68, for a moose one afternoon while he was out hunting.

Corey Blake was sentenced to two years' probation and $5,000 in fines for shooting a woman he thought was a moose in 2011. (CBC)

Primmer was in the woods for a boil-up with her family when the incident took place.

In Primmer's victim impact statement, she said that the accident changed her life forever and that she would never regain full use of her arm despite 40 hospital visits.

Primmer said she will never again be totally comfortable in the outdoors.

Judge Jacqueline Jenkins said the accident had a devastating impact on both the victim and the shooter.

Jenkins said the victim had been scarred both emotionally had physically, and Blake is still haunted by her screams.

She sentenced Blake to almost $5,000 in fines on top of the probation, with the condition he no longer own firearms, adding that the condition was almost unnecessary because Blake said he will never hunt again.