By: Kyle James | 12-03-2017 | News
Photo credit: Jamie Billquist

Hunter Who Shot Woman After Mistaking Her For A Deer Charged With Manslaughter

Last week, The Goldwater reported on an alleged hunting accident where a New York man shot Rosemary Billquist, 43, one time with a handgun in a dark area while she walked her dogs.

Thomas Jadlowski, 34, pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and hunting after hours Thursday after Billquist died of her wounds. Bail was set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 property and the charges carry up to a 15-year sentence.

Billquist was walking her dogs in a field in the town of Sherman on November 22 when she was shot once by Jadlowski from 200 yards. Jadlowski was hunting during a restricted time since the sun had already gone down making it dangerous to hunt for this exact reason.

A press release announcing his indictment reads, "After firing the shot, hearing a scream and finding Ms. Billquist, Mr. Jadlowski immediately called 911."

Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office began a preliminary investigation that found Jadlowski fired the shot after sunset. New York regulation dictates hunting is only allowed between sunrise and 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."

Seggos went on to say, "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 set to appear back in court on January 29.

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