RANDOLPH – William D. Squire was granted a stay of sentence Wednesday as he appeals his criminal mischief and reckless endangerment conviction for firing a rifle shot across Route 241 that struck a Randolph school bus full of children last fall.

Last week, Randolph was sentenced to a year in jail but the filing of his appeal by his lawyers stayed indefinitely the two weeks he had been given to surrender to custody.

Squire, whose age and address were unavailable, can remain free during his appeal process. Squire was on his own property in a tree stand when he fired his gun at a deer. The bullet instead struck a Randolph school bus on Route 241 and nearly hit the bus driver, who was taking 35 students to school.