BRANTFORD, Ont. -- Former Boston Bruins forward Stan Jonathan has been charged with criminal negligence causing death after a hunting accident on the weekend left a Hamilton man dead.
Peter Kosid was shot and killed on Sunday while crossbow hunting for deer on a friend's property on a Six Nations Reserve near Brantford, about 100 kilometres west of Toronto.
Six Nations Police said a deer hunter fired from the roadway into the bushline area. The bullet struck Kosid, who was wearing camouflage, from about 375 metres away.
Police said Jonathan and Kosid were not known to each other and were not hunting together.
Jonathan, a prominent member of the Six Nations band, was released after a bail hearing Wednesday. Details of the hearing cannot be revealed due to a publication ban.
Jonathan refused to comment when approached by the Hamilton Spectator at his home, but his lawyer Charles Spettigue said the 57-year-old and his family are "absolutely devastated."
Spettigue said he doesn't know yet how his client will plead to the charge of criminal negligence causing death, which carries a minimum four-year jail sentence if a firearm is involved.
Neither he nor Six Nations police would comment on what prompted the hunter to fire from the road, an illegal act outside the reserve.
That's the question that haunts the victim's family, said Brad Kosid, the victim's brother. He said he thought the charge was appropriate.
"It's not like we think (the shooter) did it on purpose, but it was so careless," he said Wednesday. "It was a split-second decision that cost a life ...It's a tragedy for everyone involved."
Jonathan's next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 14. He spent eight seasons with Boston and Pittsburgh and was known for his fighting skills as well as his scoring touch.
-- The Canadian Press with Postmedia News files