Hunter to be sentenced after woman shot

Karen Wells
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LEWISPORTE — Corey Blake, age 36, will have to wait until August to be sentenced on charges related to a Nov. 11, 2011 shooting incident.

Corey Blake, age 36, will have to wait until August to be sentenced on charges related to a November 11, 2011 shooting incident.

Provincial Court Judge Jacqueline Jenkins will return at that time with her decision on sentencing after facts in the matter were presented in court in Gander on June 20.

Blake had previously pled guilty to Criminal Code charges of criminal negligence causing bodily harm, breach of probation and a Wildlife charge of hunting big game while not holding a big game licence.

The charges were laid after 68-year-old Joan Primmer of Little Burnt Bay was shot in the shoulder while enjoying a “boil-up” with her family (which included three other adults and a nine-year-old boy) in the Philpott’s Road area. While Ms. Primmer survived her injuries, she faced upwards of 40 surgeries and has not regained the full use of her arm.

In the agreed statement of facts presented to Judge Jenkins, Blake said he thought what he shot at was a moose. It was in fact Ms. Primmer who immediately let out a scream that she had been shot.

Blake initially told RCMP the rifle had gone off accidentally, but upon further questioning he admitted that he had pulled the trigger thinking that he was shooting a moose. Blake has not been able to issue a formal apology to Ms. Primer and her family so far due to court orders that prevent him from being in their company, but he did tell the court that he was sorry as he choked back tears. An avid hunter for the better part of his adult life, Blake’s lawyer indicated he doesn’t plan to even hunt again and that he realizes the consequences of his actions.

The Crown is seeking a period of incarceration of 9 months, along with two years probation, $1,000 fine, forfeiture of the rifle, and hunting and firearms prohibitions. Blake’s lawyer is seeking a period of 12 months probation and additional fine on the criminal negligence charge, and if that is not possible then a reduced prison sentence of 30-60 days to be served intermittent for Blake to retain his employment, along with the fine and other recommendations of the Crown.

Judge Jenkins will deliver her sentence on Aug. 9.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Gander, Little Burnt Bay

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