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Megan Bookstaver Homicide: Authorities Charge Boyfriend in Tarrytown Shooting

Megan Bookstaver in her Google+ profile picture from 2011.
Megan Bookstaver in her Google+ profile picture from 2011.
Megan Bookstaver, a 23-year-old Hicksville resident, was killed in Tarrytown in September 2013, and authorities Tuesday charged her boyfriend, Tarrytown resident Eric Gaulin, in connection with her death.

The Westchester County District Attorney's office released the following announcement about the charges:

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that an indictment was unsealed today against Eric Gaulin (DOB 06/07/88) of 157 West Main Street, Tarrytown, New York charging him with:


  • one count of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony,
  • one count of Criminally Negligent Homicide, a class “E” Felony,

  • relating to the death of Megan Bookstaver.


    On Monday, September 2, 2013, Labor Day, the defendant, his girlfriend, the deceased, and a mutual friend spend time together at the Palisades Center Mall in Rockland County.


    They went to the Dick’s Sporting Goods store where they purchased a Savage Arms Axis 243 caliber rifle for the victim in a pink and black camouflage color, along with a box of ammunition for a 308 caliber Winchester rifle owned by the defendant.


    They all then went to the defendant’s home in Tarrytown.


    The defendant then took out several other rifles that he had in his possession at the house.


    At about 4:20pm a shot rang out and the victim was struck in the face by a projectile from one of the rifles.  


    Family members in the house called 911.


    Tarrytown police and EMS responded but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.


    Bail was set at $50,000 cash or bond.


    The next court appearance in this case will be on April 23rd, 2014.


    He faces a maximum sentence of five to fifteen years in prison. 


    Assistant District Attorney Perry Perrone Chief of the Homicide Bureau and Assistant District Attorney Kristina Dushaj of the Investigations Division are prosecuting the case.



     
    Jeanne April 16, 2014 at 11:48 AM
    They took out "several other rifles"??? Yeah. Every home needs several rifles. This was a disaster waiting to happen.
    Kristen Woll April 16, 2014 at 11:56 AM
    Such a sad story. Makes me mad too. The NRA would say that people shoot people, but if they don't have guns. My condolences to the familes. And I would like to think that anyone planning to vote for an opponent of gun control, remember this tragedy before going to the polls.

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