A Notre Dame Bay man has been convicted for shooting a woman he mistook for a moose.
In November 2011, 68-year-old Joan Primer was out for a boil-up with her family near Lewisporte when someone shot her in the shoulder. The bullet tore through Primer’s right shoulder and exited through her back.
In an agreed statement of facts, Blake said he saw what he thought was a moose, steadied his rifle on the box of his pickup and fired. Then he heard Primer scream.
Blake had initially told police his rifle went off accidentally.
In March, he pleaded guilty to criminal negligence causing bodily harm, hunting without a licence and breaching probation.
In her victim impact statement on Thursday, the court learned that after several surgeries, Primer still does not have complete use of her arm.
Blake, choking back tears, said he’d just like to say that he’s sorry and wanted to apologize in person to Primer and her family.