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Long Island man charged with criminally negligent homicide in upstate NY hunting death

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COOPERSTOWN, New York — A Long Island man has been charged in the shooting death of a fellow deer hunter in upstate New York.

Charles Bruce was shot Nov. 16 in the Otsego County town of Westford during a hunting trip with a group that included members of the Malverne fire department. The 52-year-old volunteer firefighter died at the scene.

An indictment unsealed Tuesday charges Robert R. Gerbino with criminally negligent homicide. His attorney says Gerbino pleaded not guilty at his arraignment and was released on his own recognizance.

Lawyer Bruce Maxson said he couldn't provide additional comment.

Prosecutors have said Bruce was walking through the woods and the shooter was in a tree.

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