Woman Who Shot Husband Found Not Guilty

Newfoundland News, Bear Hunting Magazine

Mary Beth Harshbarger of Meshoppen, Pennsylvania who says she killed her husband after mistaking him for a bear while hunting in Newfoundland has been found not guilty of criminal negligence causing death in the fatal shooting.

A judge delivered his verdict today in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador. Harshbarger told authorities she mistook her 42-year-old husband for a bear while the two were hunting in central Newfoundland in 2006. She had pleaded not guilty.

The prosecution said Harshbarger showed disregard for safety when she fired her rifle at her husband. The defense portrayed the death as an accident. She would have faced a sentence of four years to life in prison if she had been convicted.

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