SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Marion County grand jury indicted a bear hunter Monday on a criminally negligent homicide charge in the shooting death of a hiker near Silver Creek Falls State Park.
If convicted, 67-year-old Eugene Irvin Collier of Turner could be sentenced to 10 years in prison.
KVAL reports (http://bit.ly/rUCvJ4 ) Collier was hunting with his 12-year-old grandson on Oct. 25 when Collier mistook the hiker for a bear and shot Christopher Ochoa. The 20-year-old from French Camp, Calif., was a Marine reservist who was due to report for active duty later the same day.
Information from: KVAL-TV, http://www.kval.com/