A Chautauqua County deer hunter was charged Thursday with second-degree manslaughter for the fatal shooting of a Sherman woman who was walking her dogs in an accident that has captured national attention.
Rosemary Billquist, a 43-year-old hospital worker, hospice volunteer and marathoner, was killed November 22 while walking her two yellow Labradors, Stella and Sugar, behind her home in the town of Sherman about 5:30 p.m., under an already dark early evening sky.
DEC's Environmental Conservation Police officers and Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies say the incident occurred just after 5:22 p.m., well beyond the legal close of the daily hunting period at sunset.
"Today, Mr. Jadlowski is being held accountable for his unsafe and reckless conduct when he shot his neighbor in the dark", said Basil Seggos, commissioner of the State Department of Environmental Conservation.
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Swanson said earlier this week that if criminal charges are brought against Jadlowski, they would be either second-degree manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide. He pleaded not guilty.
A judge set bail for Jadlowski at $50,000. He is due back in court on January 29th. She was immediately transported to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania, but despite the efforts of the Sherman Fire EMT's and Hospital Surgeons, later succumbed to her injuries. "Having grown up in Sherman myself, I know of many families where hunting is a family affair".
"This tragic event should never have happened", said Sheriff Joe Gerace.
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson is holding a press conference on Thursday at about 4:45 p.m.to discuss the indictment. Responsible hunting is paramount to the safety of anyone enjoying the outdoors. This incident is a tragic reminder of the importance that hunting laws be followed. The charges carry a maximum prison sentence of 15 years. "My sincerest condolences go out to the Billquist and Jafarjian families", Swanson continued. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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