LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — An appeals court has overturned the second-degree murder conviction of a Vermilion Parish man who shot his hunting partner.

The court ruled Wednesday that evidence the two men had argued in the past was not enough to prove the killing was intentional.

The state 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal instead handed down a judgment of negligent homicide against Quint Mire in the 2011 shooting death of Julian Gajan and sent the case back to the district court for resentencing.

Mire, who admitted taking crystal methamphetamine, claimed he mistook Gajan for a deer.

Mire now faces up to five years in prison on the negligent homicide charge, rather than the life sentence he had received in the case.

The Advocate reports ( ) prosecutors plan an appeal to the state Supreme Court.


Information from: The Advocate,