Hunter gets 5 years for killing Colorado teen

Posted at 1:08 PM, Apr 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-06 15:10:03-04

A Minnesota hunter has been sentenced to five years in prison for killing a 14-year-old boy hunting on western Colorado's Grand Mesa last fall.

The Daily Sentinel reports that Guy Pohto of Cook was sentenced Wednesday in Grand Junction after pleading guilty in January to manslaughter and hunting in a careless manner in the death of Justin Burns of Palisade.

The boy died of a gunshot wound to his chest at the Big Creek Reservoir in the Uncompahgre National Forest while bow hunting with his father in September 2015.

Burns' parents filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against Pohto in October 2015.