Cook Man Charged in Connection to Colorado Hunting Death

Cook Man Facing Lawsuit for Death of 14-Year-Old While Hunting

A man accused of fatally shooting a 14-year-old boy while hunting on western Colorado’s Grand Mesa has been served with a federal wrongful death lawsuit.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports that 59-year-old Guy Pohto, of Cook, Minnesota, is charged with reckless manslaughter and hunting in a careless manner for the Sept. 13 death of Justin Burns, of Palisade.

Burns’ parents filed the suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Denver.

The boy died of a gunshot wound to his chest at the Big Creek Reservoir in the Uncompahgre National Forest while bow hunting with his father.

During an initial appearance for his criminal charges on Thursday, Pohto waived advisement.

The case will return in November.

Pohto declined to comment after the hearing Thursday.

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