Man charged in connection with hunter's death in Otsego County

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - The November death of a hunter that occurred in the woods near the Town of Westford in November has been ruled a criminally negligent homicide, New York State Police said.

Robert R. Gerbino, 57, of Garden City was arrested Tuesday on a criminally negligent homicide charge based upon a sealed indictment handed down by the Otsego County Grand Jury.

On Nov. 16, 52-year-old Charles Bruce of Franklin Square was shot in the chest and died at the scene in the woods adjacent to Steve Braun Road in Westford.

The grand jury determined Gerbino did, with criminal negligence, cause Bruce's death. The men were part of a group who were hunting together on private property.

There are no other criminal charges pending. State police say the investigation is complete.

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