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Man Who Killed Inverness Resident In Hunting Accident Indicted

The Journal-Standard reported that Kelly G. Jackson, 53, was indicted for involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct in the shooting death of John Hanlon.

An East Dubuque man has been indicted in the shooting death of Inverness resident John Hanlon.

The Journal-Standard reported that Kelly G. Jackson, 53, was indicted Friday on charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct.

was killed in November and his 15-year-old son wounded during a hunting trip near East Dubuque. Jackson and Hanlon did not know each other and were part of separate hunting parties.

Jackson discharged his 12-gauge shotgun at about 5:33 a.m., , a spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources told Patch. Hanlon and his son were hit by the same shot.

Involuntary manslaughter is punishable by up to five years and $25,000 in fines. Reckless conduct carries a possible one year sentence and up to $2,500 in fines.

The Journal-Standard reported that Jackson previously was cited by Illinois Conservation for firing early and for having the gun loaded before hunting time. Both citations are misdemeanors.

Ellen January 08, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Well, was he aiming at a deer or did he just shot for the fun of it? In either case, Bambi is smiling.
Chris January 08, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Ellen, Does it make you feel like a really important person that you can hide behind the veil of the internet and make absurd comments like that? Do you really value the life of a deer over the life over another Human. I do not hunt. I do not own a gun. In fact I despise them. How would you feel if this was someone you knew? What if it was your brother, father, uncle or husband? Would you make the same senseless ignorant comment? Nice grammar as well. No wonder this country is screwed!!
Chris January 08, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Would you make that same statement to his widowed wife? His children? Would you go to his daughters wedding and let everyone know how you feel so happy that the deer lived and this good man was killed by someone as ignorant as you?
Jim January 09, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Ellen - That is a very immature response, not to mention hurtful to everyone involved. Please try to use some common sense in your responses. Thank you
Jim Advance January 09, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Stupid comment by a stupid person. John was one of the nicest guys who left behind a wonderful family including four children. They will grow up with only the memories of their loving father. From the number of people who came to pay their rspects and mourn with the family John was loved by thousands. Mr. Jackson should get the max penalty because of his previous offenses and never be allowed to own a firearm again.

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