November 23, 2014

Teen draws probation for arrow shooting incident

There will be no jail time for a Campbellsport teen-ager accused of shooting an arrow that struck a 7-year-old girl in the back. Casey Bennett entered no contest pleas Monday to a felony charge of negligent use of a weapon, and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest. The 17 year-old told police he was shooting at squirrels in May when a stray arrow hit Aryanna Schneeberg. Prosecutors said the teen initially denied shooting the arrow, and didn’t come forward because he was scared.

A judge sentenced Bennett, who had no prior record, to three years of probation. Fond du Lac County assistant district attorney Kimberly Tenerelli said she thinks that’s fair. “He will have a felony conviction on his record, and he will have to abide by some significant rules for three years,” Tenerelli said. “If he messes up, he’s going to more than likely go to prision.”

Bennett will also be required to perform 300 hours of community service during his probation. Aryanna was playing outside her Campbellsport home when the arrow hit her, perforating numerous organs. Doctors said she’s lucky to be alive.

Rick Schuh, WHBY