Va. Hunter Sentenced in Fatal Shooting of College Student

July 26, 2010

A Virginia hunter man will spend a year in jail after pleading no contest to charges stemming from the fatal shooting of one Ferrum College student and the wounding of another.

Thirty-two-year-old Jason Cloutier pleaded no contest Monday in Franklin County Circuit Court to involuntary manslaughter, trespassing and two weapons charges.

Circuit Judge William Alexander sentenced Cloutier to eight years and then suspended all but one year. Cloutier also must serve three years on probation after he completes his sentence.

Authorities say Cloutier mistook 23-year-old Jessica Goode and 20-year-old Regis Boudinot for deer while hunting in a wooded area adjacent to the college campus November 11. Goode died after being shot in the chest. Boudinot was shot in the hand.

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