Hunter accused of killing teen offered plea

Posted at 7:53 AM, Dec 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-17 12:26:19-05

A Minnesota hunter accused of fatally shooting a 14-year-old boy while hunting on western Colorado's Grand Mesa has been offered a plea agreement that keeps prison on the table.

The Daily Sentinel of Grand Junction reports that officials will learn if 59-year-old Guy Pohto accepts the district attorney's offer at his next court appearance on Jan. 27.

The plea agreement calls for a guilty plea to manslaughter, allowing for the possibility of two to six years in prison.

Pohto is charged in connection to the Sept. 13 death of Justin Burns, of Palisade.

The boy died of a gunshot wound to his chest at the Big Creek Reservoir in the Uncompahgre National Forest while bow hunting with his father.

Burns' parents have filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against Pohto.


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