New Trial Granted For Hunter In Randolph Bus Shooting Incident

RANDOLPH – A Randolph hunter convicted last year of accidentally shooting a school bus has been granted a new trial.

Cattaraugus County Judge Ronald Ploetz in a written decision Monday said prosecutors erred during closing arguments in the trial of William Squire.

Squire was convicted in July 2012 of second-degree reckless endangerment, fourth-degree criminal mischief and discharging a firearm, but has avoided jail time; a stay of judgment was issued following the trial pending an appeal.

According to police, Squire was in a tree stand hunting in November 2011 when he allegedly fired a shot that struck a bus traveling on Route 241 hundreds of yards away.

The shot struck above the driver’s door, police said.

During closing arguments of the trial, a prosecutor with the Cattaraugus County District Attorney’s Office told the jury, “This isn’t the crime of the century. Nobody’s going to jail because of this.”

Squire was later sentenced to 1 year in jail by Ploetz, who on Monday said the comment wrongly suggested the jury could be more lax in its review.

See Wednesday’s edition of The Post-Journal for a full story.