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Man sentenced in hunting death of grandson


Goshen – The man who shot his teenage grandson in the back while on a Thanksgiving Day hunting trip in Sparrowbush on November 24, 2005, was sentenced Wednesday to 2 1/3 to seven years in state prison.

Wayne Kingston, Sr., 59, of Huguenot, was charged with second-degree manslaughter in connection with the death of David Kingston, 13, of Huguenot. He pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide.

Police had said Kingston shot his grandson in the back, and then his nephew, Jacob Kingston of Port Jervis, and he left the boy for an hour-and-a-half before taking him to a hospital for medical treatment.

Orange County District Attorney Frank Phillips said this was a “horrific” hunting incident.

“This is clearly not a hunting accident that some might label it, but just a callous disregard for the well-being of not only another human being, but your own grandson,” he said. “I still don’t think that Wayne Kingston gets it.”

Jacob Kingston, who pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in April, was sentenced to five years probation and 20 weekends in the Orange County Jail.


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