American Hunter “Not Guilty” in Canadian Hunting Accident

GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, Newfoundland (AP) — An American woman who says she killed her husband after mistaking him for a bear while hunting in Newfoundland has been found not guilty of criminal negligence causing death in the fatal shooting.

A judge delivered his verdict Friday in the trial of Mary Beth Harshbarger of Meshoppen, Pennsylvania, in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Harshbarger told authorities she mistook her 42-year-old husband for a bear while the two were hunting in central Newfoundland in 2006. She had pleaded not guilty.

The prosecution said Harshbarger showed disregard for safety when she fired her rifle at her husband.

The defense portrayed the death as an accident.

Harshbarger would have faced a sentence of four years to life in prison if she had been convicted.