Jury Finds Man Guilty in Teen Hunting Death

By: AP
By: AP

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) _ An Emporia jury has found a Topeka man guilty in the December shooting death of an 18-year-old hunter.

The jury took about three hours Monday to find 57-year-old Theron Thomas Kent guilty of involuntary manslaughter, hunting without permission and criminal discharge of a firearm in connection with the death of Beau Arndt, an Emporia State University freshman.

The jury consisted of nine women and three men, who agreed with the state's contention that Kent fired a rifle shot into a field where Arndt and two friends were hidden next to a flock of goose decoys. Kent said he was firing at a coyote. The shot hit and killed Arndt.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 12. Kent remains free on bond.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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