WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Eric Gaulin, a Tarrytown resident, has been sentenced with shock probation, six months in county jail and five years post release supervision after being charged with manslaughter on Thursday, according to the Westchester County District Attorney's Office.
Gaulin's guilty plea relates to his shooting and killing his girlfriend with a rifle, the DA's office said.
The defendant, his girlfriend and a mutual friend spent time together at the Palisades Center Mall in Rockland County on Labor Day, Sept. 2, 2013, the DA's office said.
They went to the Dick’s Sporting Goods store where they purchased a Savage Arms Axis 243 caliber rifle for the victim in a pink and black camouflage color, along with a box of ammunition for a Winchester rifle owned by the defendant, the DA's office said.
They all then went to Gaulin's home in Tarrytown, where he then took out several other rifles that he had in his possession at the house, according to the DA's office. At about 4:20 p.m., a shot rang out and the victim was struck in the face by a bullet from one of the rifles, according to the DA.
Family members called 911, and when Tarrytown police and EMS responded, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Having any type of firearm in one’s possession is a full-time job," said District Attorney Janet DiFiore. "As evidenced in this case, one cannot emphasize enough how a gun owner must know how to use, handle and store a firearm safely. The defendant, by abrogating that responsibility was liable for the outcome that resulted in the tragic consequences for all involved."
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