Man who fatally shot neighbor while hunting after dark sentenced to 1-3 years in prison

State News

TOWN OF SHERMAN, N.Y. (WIVB) – A man who admitted to killing a woman while illegally hunting has been sentenced to 1-3 years in prison.

Thomas Jadlowski, 33, had previously been charged with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Rosemary Billquist, 43, in Chautauqua County.

He later pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and hunting after hours.

Officials say Jadlowski was hunting shortly before 5:30 p.m. in November of 2017, when he mistook Billquist for a deer and shot her.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says Billquist was walking her dogs behind her home in Sherman at the time.

After the shooting, Jadlowski’s attorney says he remained at the scene with Billquist, calling 911 and attempting to provide first aid.

“This has never been about vengeance,” Billquist’s husband Jamie said around the time of Jadlowski’s plea. “That is not what Rosie would have wanted. From the beginning, I wanted the defendant to take responsibility and be held accountable. I want the next hunter who thinks about shooting after hours to think, ‘There was this guy that went to prison. I should just go home.’

During Jadlowski’s sentencing, Jamie Billquist did not speak in court.

A statement from Jadlowski was read by his attorney. It said “I am sorry from the bottom of my heart….I hope someday you can forgive me for what I have done.”

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