Hunter who shot dead walker in France gets two-year sentence


A hunter has been found guilty of involuntary homicide after shooting and killing a walker he mistook for a wild boar in southeast France. The walker, Jean-Louis Blanc, 59, was picking holly in a forest in Taulignan, Drôme, when he was shot by Luc C, from Vaucluse, in December 16, 2017.

Courts in nearby Valence yesterday condemned the hunter to a two-year suspended prison sentence and a five-year ban on buying weapons that require a permit. He must also pay damages to civil parties involved.

The victim’s wife and family were in court and a lawyer speaking on their behalf said they would have preferred a prison term, rather than a suspended community sentence, “to indicate the seriousness of the [crime].


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