FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) -- A Fond du Lac County teen convicted of shooting an arrow that pierced a 7-year-old girl in the back has been sentenced to three years of probation.
Seventeen-year-old Casey H. Bennett of Campbellsport pleaded no contest Monday to a felony count of injury by negligent use of a weapon and a misdemeanor count of resisting an officer.
Bennett told authorities he was shooting at squirrels in May when a stray arrow hit 7-year-old Aryanna Schneeberg in the back. Prosecutors say he initially denied shooting the arrow, and that he didn't come forward because he was scared.
Doctors said the girl was lucky to be alive after the arrow sliced through her spleen, stomach, diaphragm and lung before stopping at her liver.
A message left with Bennett's attorney wasn't immediately returned.
STORY FROM 5/21/12
CAMPBELLSPORT, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say the 7-year-old girl shot in the back with an arrow in Campbellsport is hospitalized in stable condition.
Fond du Lac County sheriff's officials say Aryanna Schneeberg is recovering at Children's Hospital in suburban Milwaukee where she had surgery to remove the arrow.
Sheriff Mylan "Mick" Fink said Monday the girl was on a sidewalk in Campbellsport when she was hit about 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Fink says she was walking with two or three other girls.
Sheriff's Capt. Dean Will says investigators canvassed the neighborhood and confiscated a bow, arrow and target from a residence about 70 to 80 yards away from where the girl was hit.
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