MAYVILLE – The Sherman man charged after unintentionally shooting and killing his neighbor during a hunting incident last November has pleaded guilty to Criminally Negligent Homicide and Hunting After Hours.
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says the state reached the plea deal with 33 year-old Thomas Jadlowski Thursday in Chautauqua County Court.
Jadlowski was indicted by a grand jury in March on a charge of second-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting his neighbor 43 year-old Rosemary Billquist in the early evening on Nov. 22, 2017 while she was walking with her dogs in a field next to her home. He had told police that he had mistaken her for a deer.
Swanson says the state reached a plea deal with Jadlowski only after consultation with Billquist’s family, who supported the plea deal decision.
The original manslaughter charge was dismissed in February after Chautauqua County Court judge David Foley ruled the District Attorney’s Office failed to answer a question from a juror on a lesser charge of criminally negligent homicide.
As part of the plea deal, Jadlowski has agreed to waive his right to appeal. He is facing 1-4 years in state prison when sentenced on Jan. 14.