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Man Charged With Wounding Hunter Accepts Plea Deal

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BAY CITY (WWJ/AP) - A 25-year-old Bay City man charged with wounding a hunter while target shooting has accepted a plea deal.

Tyler Guzdial pleaded guilty to one count of attempted careless discharge of a firearm, a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to dismiss single counts of reckless use of a firearm, careless discharge of a firearm and careless discharge of a firearm.

Authorities say Guzdial was taking potshots at a dead-end sign in Hampton Township on Sept. 15. One of his bullets struck a truck parked nearby, then ricocheted and hit the vehicle’s owner in the abdomen. The victim suffered a non-life-threatening injury.

Guzdial told officers that the dead-end sign already had bullet holes in it when he arrived, and he therefore thought it was okay to shoot it again, Mlive.com reported.

Guzdial is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 7.

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