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Polk County teen sentenced after shooting woman in hunting accident

Polk County (WQOW) – A Polk County teen who shot a woman while hunting last fall was sentenced on Monday.

It happened in November 2018. A 33-year-old Clear Lake woman was hunting on her parent’s property. As she was leaving her deer stand she was shot.

According to the criminal complaint, Nicholas Sempf-Nyren and two of his friends were sighting in the gun when Sempf-Nyren said he wanted to look at something across the field. After he did, they heard a scream and took off running. They did not call 911.

Sempf-Nyren originally told police they hadn’t been out shooting, but later said he wasn’t sure what he was shooting at because it was so dark.

The shooting victim had multiple holes in her large and small intestines, damage to her liver and spleen and had to have part of her colon removed.

Monday, Sempf-Nyren as sentenced to three years of probation, but that sentence was stayed. Instead, he’ll serve 100 hours of community service for each year of probation. He will also lose his hunting privileges for five years. He’s also ordered to retake a hunter safety course.

If Sempf-Nyren follows through with the conditions of his sentence and has no new convictions, he could be eligible to have the case expunged from his record.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer.

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