The Marquette County man charged with shooting a pet dog was sentenced Tuesday.
William Lawrence Huot, 62, pled guilty to careless discharge of a firearm. He was sentenced to over $2,400 in fines and 24 months of probation. He is also required to take hunter safety classes and will not lose his hunting privileges.
Huot shot and killed a pet dog owned by Cori and Dave Mantela back in January, saying he mistook the dog for a coyote. The Mantelas were out for a walk with their dog named Corby, when he was killed within Ishpeming city limits on Cliffs Drive.
Huot apologized to the Mantela family in court Tuesday.
"I'm human. I made a terrible mistake," said Huot. "It was five seconds I'd like to take back. I'd like to be able to bring that dog back. If there's anything I could do, I'd do it, but I can't. I'm very, very, very sorry. I have to live with it."
The Mantelas say their dog was their child, and there will always be an ache in their hearts for him.