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Long Island man gets 25 years to life in prison for bow-and-arrow killing on neighbor's lawn

1/12/2007

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. — A hunter convicted of fatally shooting a
man on his neighbor's lawn with a bow and arrow was sentenced
Tuesday to the maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

Thomas Sirico admitted that he acted carelessly when he pierced
Juan Carlos ``Angel'' Munoz, 27, in the chest with an arrow from a
bow on Jan. 8, 2006. But Sirico said he should have been convicted
of a lesser charge than murder.

``I am very remorseful,'' Sirico, 35, said before the
sentencing.

Sirico had said that he slipped during an argument with friends
and the arrow accidentally flew across the street and hit Munoz.

Prosecutor Denise Merrifield called that account ``ridiculous.''

``This is a man who was angry and mad,'' she said.

Prosecutors
said he had been drinking and when Munoz admitted he made a comment
which riled Sirico, the hunter aimed his arrow and fired.

Defense attorney Stephen Scaring said he would appeal the
conviction.