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Edina man pleads Guilty to lesser charge in shooting death

Edina man pleads Guilty to lesser charge in shooting death

3 weeks, 1 day ago by Scott Hardy

Donald Howe, Sr. was charged in 2019 shooting death of his grandson

A northeast Missouri man, facing three counts in connection with a 2019 hunting accident that killed his grandson, has pleaded Guilty to a lesser count in a settlement with prosecutors.

Donald Howe Sr. of Edina was in Knox County Associate Court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing. Records show that Howe pleaded Guilty to a misdemeanor count of hunting on private land without permission. In return, counts of second-degree involuntary manslaughter and unlawful possession of a firearm were dropped. Howe was charged in mid-April 2020, six months after the mid-November 2019 deer hunting accident on private property outside Baring. Prosecutors alleged that 17-year old Andrew Howe of Edina was killed when his grandfather mistook him for a deer, and shot him. The younger Howe was fatally shot with an 8 mm hunting rifle, a weapon his grandfather wasn't supposed to have. That's because Donald Howe pleaded Guilty in 2007 in Lewis County to a felony driving while intoxicated charge.

Howe is free on a recognizance bond, and will be sentenced May 11th.

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