Tyler Kales, who was 14 at the time, was bear hunting with his brother on Sauk Mountain north of Seattle. According to his own testimony, in the fog that covered the mountains, Kales mistook 54-year-old Pamela Almil for a bear. He fired a shot that struck Almil in the head and killed her.
Kales was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter on June 2. However, at his sentencing, Judge Susan Cook acquitted Kales of the more serious first-degree manslaughter charge, finding did not act recklessly in the shooting.
Washington statute defines Second-Degree Manslaughter, a class-B felony, as:
A person is guilty of manslaughter in the second degree when, with criminal negligence, he causes the death of another person.
Cook sentenced Kales to 30 days in a juvenile detention center, 12 months under supervision with counseling, and 120 hours of community service — 40 of which must be teaching others about hunting safety.
Kales had taken hunting safety classes since the age of 9, and was legally permitted to hunt without adult supervision in the state of Washington, according to a Seattle Time article from last year.