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CONEWANGO – The hunter who fired a shot at a deer only to have it strike a school bus full of children last November will have to spend up to one year in jail on his conviction for criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and environmental conservation crimes for which a jury in July found him guilty, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Tuesday night.
William D. Squire was sentenced Tuesday in Town Court and given two weeks to report to jail. Squire, who had been given a chance for a pre-trial plea, was on his own property in a tree stand when he fired his gun at a deer but it struck a Randolph school bus on Route 241 and nearly struck the bus driver, who was taking 35 students to school.
Squire is expected to appeal his sentence, which could delay the start of his jail term.