- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

HUDSON, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man has pleaded guilty to shooting someone in the shoulder when hunting last year.

An attorney for 20-year-old Joshua Casey, of Hudson, said Thursday that the guilty plea to reckless use of a firearm causing injury was entered to avoid any risks and expenses associated with a trial. Casey originally pleaded not guilty to the charge in September following his July arrest.

The Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office says Casey and three other people were hunting for coyotes in May when he pointed a shotgun at another man and pulled the trigger, thinking it wasn’t loaded. Instead, the gun fired and struck the man in the shoulder.

The man was treated and later released from an Iowa City hospital.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for June 4.

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