BEND, Ore. (AP) — A Tillamook man will serve a year in prison for accidentally killing his best friend on a bowhunting trip near La Pine, ending a case that divided the victim’s family on whether the man responsible should go to prison.
The Bulletin reports 55-year-old Michael “Shawn” Pekarek, pleaded guilty Monday in Deschutes County Circuit Court to criminally negligent homicide for releasing an arrow that hit and killed Jeffrey Lynn Cummings.
On Sept. 12, 2016, Cummings and Pekarek were in a truck when Pekarek spotted a buck and the two got out with their bows.
Pekarek drew the bow on the animal, but when it ran he turned and gestured toward Cummings with the arm that held the bow.
An arrow was released that struck Cummings in his stomach, severing an artery.