Turkey hunter who shot other hunter in back sentenced

  • Standing on a tree stump, a wild turkey surveys a backyard in Shelburne, Mass. STAFF FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 12/6/2018 1:29:32 PM

SOUTH HADLEY — A turkey hunter charged with shooting another hunter in May was sentenced to six months probation and revoked of all hunting privileges for five years, according to Massachusetts Environmental Police. 

Jose Fragoso, 69, of Ludlow was arrested on charges of personal injury with a hunting weapon, failure to report a hunting injury and hunting without a shotgun safety sticker after striking a victim following the May 1 incident, said Katie Gronendyke, a spokeswoman for the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

Fragoso allegedly struck the victim in the back with about 20 pellets from his shotgun after mistaking the victim's decoy for a turkey, according to a post on the agency’s Facebook page. 

He “admitted to sufficient facts” and was sentenced on Nov. 13, according to the post.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was a 37-year-old Chicopee man, Gronendyke told the Gazette in May. The victim was shot on conservation land off of Ferry Street north of Brunelle’s Marina and taken to Holyoke Medical Center with “moderate injuries” then transferred to Baystate Medical Center.

Jacquelyn Voghel can be reached at jvoghel@gazettenet.com.

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