1/13/2020

A Michigan man who shot a fellow hunter on the opening day of firearm deer hunting season has been sentenced.

David Barber, 46, of Gaylord, was sentenced to at least 5 years in prison on Monday, according to the Associated Press.

A jury found Barber guilty of of involuntary manslaughter, felony firearm and trespassing in December 2019. The charges stem from the Nov. 15, 2018, death of Sanford resident Justin E. Beutel.

Department of Natural Resources officers responded to a call of a hunting accident at about 1 p.m. near the intersection of West Elder Road and Northeast Torch Lake Drive, near the village of Alden, roughly 20 miles northeast of Traverse City.

EMS workers administered first aid to Beutel, but he did not recover.

Beutel’s family spoke at the sentencing, according to UpNorthLive.com, mostly about the impact his death has had on them.

Barber will be eligible for parole after five years in prison.

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