Man charged in pellet gun death

January 4, 2009 3:38:17 PM PST
A West Milford man has been charged with reckless manslaughter after fatally shooting his wife with a pellet gun.Police say it looks like a "freak accident."

Authorities say Frank McDonald used the pellet gun to shoot squirrels in his yard. He called police around 10 a.m. Saturday after his 44-year-old wife, Cheryl, was hit by a pellet.

She later died from the wound.

Frank McDonald is being held on bail of $150,000. If he's convicted, he could face five to 10 years in prison.

The couple's 12-year-old son was taken from the crime scene by relatives.

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