Shepard gets 12 years for fatally shooting hunter

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JEFFERSON — A man who fatally shot a hunter in Monroe Township in 2017 was sentenced Thursday to more than a decade in prison.

Darrell A. Shepard, 41, was sentenced by Judge Marianne Sezon to 12 years in prison on counts of involuntary manslaughter with a firearms specification, having weapons under disability, injuring persons or property while hunting and failure to report knowledge of a death. Shepard could have faced up to 14 years in prison for the crimes.

Shepard shot and killed Randy Gozzard, 62, who was hunting with a group of people on land on Horton Road just outside the Conneaut city limits in November 2017. Gozzard, who was originally from Ashtabula County but had a home in Florida, hunted on the land with friends in the past.

Gozzard was described as a loving, humble and talented person who excelled and could win at almost…

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