A teen that shot a woman while she was out hunting last fall has been sentenced.

As reported in the Amery Free Press in October 2018, charges were filed against 17-year-old Nicholas Sempf-Nyren, Deer Park, who was facing two felonies and three misdemeanors after the Sept. 30 shooting of the 33-year-old Clear Lake woman.

Sempf-Nyren originally denied having anything to do with the incident. He told investigators that he “was scared that the accident would ruin everything that he had going for him,” and explained that he liked playing sports and hunting and, “didn’t want one thing to ruin his life.”

He was charged with second degree recklessly endangering safety, injury by negligent use of a dangerous weapon, duty to aid victim or report crime, obstructing an officer and illegal shining of deer or bears-as party to a crime.

Sempf-Nyren faced up to 15 years in prison and up to $52,000 in fines.

May 6 he was sentenced to three years of probation, but that sentence was stayed. Instead, he’ll serve 100 hours of community service for each year of probation. He will also lose his hunting privileges for five years. He’s also ordered to retake a hunter safety course.

If Sempf-Nyren follows through with the conditions of his sentence and has no new convictions, he could be eligible to have the case expunged from his record.


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