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Sheriff's Department Releases Letter Written In Connection To Hunter's Shooting Death

Reported: Apr. 21, 2014 4:37 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 21, 2014 5:08 PM EDT
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GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (Tiersa Davis)-- The Gallia County Sheriff's Department has released a letter that was written in connection to the unsolved shooting death of a local hunter.

Larry W. Bradley, 45, of Bidwell was found shot to death in his tree stand on Dec. 2, 2013, in the early morning hours. Bradley was killed during the opening day of deer/gun season

The Gallia County Sheriff's Office received a letter in December from someone who possibly was involved in the shooting death. A portion of that letter was released in hopes that the writer would come forward. The sheriff's department released the contents of the letter in it's entirety on Monday to help further the investigation.

The letter reads, "As of Dec. 2, my life has changed forever. I was hunting on the land that borders the Russel farm tracking a deer. I shot just after daybreak. I knew I was trespassing, hunting on land I didn't have permission to hunt on when I shot at the deer I had been tracking. I heard someone started yelling. It scared me so much because I didn't have permission to be there, and I couldn't afford a fine, so I ran back to public hunting land and finished my day hunting. It wasn't until I heard on the news later that day I knew what had happened. I am so sorry for the hurt and pain that I caused on that day. Can you please tell the family that I am so sorry? I have told no one of this, not even my wife or kids. This is eating at me like a cancer. Please tell the family I am sorry. My life will never be the same, I am not a bad man, just a very scared and sorry man."

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 740-446-1221.

-- Gallia County Sheriff's Office Photo



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