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Wife of man killed by Va. hunter sues shooter

Friday - 11/15/2013, 4:20am  ET

CHATHAM, Va. (AP) -- A Southside Virginia man convicted of fatally shooting his neighbor while hunting is facing a $1.5 million lawsuit.

The lawsuit naming Harry Hale Jr. was filed by the wife of Richie M. Pope, the man he shot in 2011. Hale served one year in prison for involuntary manslaughter and shooting from a vehicle. A judge also ordered the Pittsylvania County man to pay restitution to Pope's widow.

The Danville Register & Bee ( reports that Hale said he mistook Pope for a deer when he fired three shots at the 57-year-old Pope, killing him.

Phyllis Jean Motley Pope filed the lawsuit against Pope and his insurers in Pittsylvania County Circuit Court.

The suit alleges Hale was negligent and reckless when he fired his hunting rifle from his pickup truck.


Information from: Danville Register & Bee,

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