11:02 AM
Jacob D. Shamblin

A Newton County man has been sentenced to 120 days in prison for shooting his friend to death last October while they hunted out of season.

Jacob D. Shamblin, 26, Granby, was charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter in the shooting of nineteen year-old Steven Cox. The two were hunting at night, along with Cox's brother-in-law, on property owned by Cox's father-in-law in rural Granby.

Shamblin told authorities he fired his rifle at a figure he thought was a deer after hearing something rustling in the woods. Cox, who got separated from the other men was not wearing a hunting vest.

Cox's widow and Shamblin's mother told Judge Timothy Perigo that the shooting was a terrible accident and that both families have been receiving counseling since Cox's tragic death.

Newton County Prosecutor Jake Skouby argued he thought the circumstances of the shooting justified jail time, because a man died.

If Shamblin successfully completes the “120 day callback,” he will be released from prison and placed on probation for five years.