Kernersville man pleads guilty to killing man he mistook for turkey


Haylon Keith Anderson, 31, of Kernersville (Winston-Salem Journal)

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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A Kernersville man convicted of shooting and killing a man he thought was a turkey has been sentenced to time in prison.

Judge John O. Craig of Forsyth Superior Court sentenced Haylon Keith Anderson, 31, to between 20 and 33 months in prison on Monday.

Officials said Anderson put on a bathrobe, grabbed a 12-gauge shotgun and a .22-caliber rifle and went out to kill a turkey at 7 a.m. on April 16. He did not have a hunting license.

Anderson ended up killing Tommy Lee Clinard, 63, of Kernersville, who had gone out earlier that day to hunt turkeys, according to prosecutors.

Anderson pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and unlawful use of a firearm in connection with Clinard’s death.

Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Friel said Clinard died at the scene. He said the bullet went through the arm and into his chest, going through his lung and into his heart.

Friel said Anderson told authorities that he had seen turkeys in his yard and had wanted to kill one so he could have a cookout with his friends.

Authorities said Anderson called 911 after the shooting.

Read more: The Winston-Salem Journal.

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