Hunter pleads guilty in death on Fort Bragg trail
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A hunter has pleaded guilty in a shooting that killed a Fort Bragg soldier as he jogged on a trail at the base last year.
The Fayetteville Observer reported that Allen Eugene Thompson pleaded guilty to criminally negligent hunting resulting in death in federal court and faces a maximum of 120 days in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced next month.
Thompson told the court he was hunting on Jan. 1, 2011 when he thought a deer was nearby. He fired two shots, and heard a squeal.
Authorities said 33-year-old Capt. Jeremiah Sipes, of Belgrade, Mont., was killed by a single gunshot.
Fort Bragg has added bright signs closing the trail during hunting season and installed a buffer to keep hunters a safe distance away.