Hunter facing manslaughter charges already out on bail


A hunter who allegedly shot and killed his neighbor last week after he mistook her for a deer was indicted Thursday for manslaughter in the second degree as well as hunting after legal hours, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation of NY.

Jadlowski was arraigned today in Chautauqua County Court on a two-count indictment alleging second-degree manslaughter and hunting after hours.

Rosemary Billquist, 43, was walking her dogs in a field in the town of Sherman on November 22 when she was shot by Jadlowski, who was about 200 yards away, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. After Jadlowski realized what occurred, he called 911 and applied direct pressure to Billquist's wound until the paramedics arrived.

The hunter, who pleaded not guilty to the charge, has been granted bail of $50,000 in cash or $100,000 property. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

Jadlowski pleaded not guilty as prosecutors accused him of risky and reckless conduct, saying he 'fired a shot in the dark, causing this bad tragedy'.

"I commend the work of our Environmental Conservation Police Officers, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office and Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson for their professionalism and careful handling of this case". Jadlowski is due back in court on for motions on January 29.

Rosemary Billquist was fatally shot while walking her dogs the day before Thanksgiving. She was taken to a hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania, where she was pronounced dead.

But the fatal shooting, Swanson said, was "completely avoidable".

"This tragic event", Sheriff Joseph Gerace said, "should never have happened".

Michael Cerrie, who is representing Thomas Jadlowski, 34, offered condolences and called the incident a "tragic situation". "Having grown up in Sherman myself, I know of many families where hunting is a family affair. I hope this sends a loud and clear message that illegal hunting after sunset is unsafe and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law", Seggos continued.

"Responsible hunting is paramount to the safety of anyone enjoying the outdoors", he said.