Probation in shooting of costumed Pa. child

BEAVER, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man has been placed on two years’ probation in the shooting of a costumed child that police said he mistook for an animal.

The Beaver County Times (http://bit.ly/18P6KT1 ) says 25-year-old Thomas Grant of Rochester pleaded no contest Monday to misdemeanor simple assault and reckless endangerment counts.

An aggravated assault charge in the October shooting of the 8-year-old girl at a Halloween party in New Sewickley was dismissed in February.

Grant was also ordered to pay restitution to the family of the victim. His attorney characterized the shooting as a “tragic accident.”

Police said the child was in a black costume with a white feather or tassel on her hat, and Grant thought she was a skunk.

His hunting privileges have also been revoked during his probation.

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Information from: Beaver County Times, http://www.timesonline.com/

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