Dinosaur man pleads guilty in accidental shooting

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Terry Billings

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Shane Meimerstorf

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Scott Steckel

A 63-year-old man connected with an accidental shooting in October 2010 has pleaded guilty to a felony charge in Moffat County District Court.

Terry Billings, the grandfather and guardian of a 4-year-old boy who allegedly shot his 2-year-old sister, was charged with child abuse, a Class 4 felony, and reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor.

He pleaded guilty Tuesday to the child abuse charge as part of a plea agreement with the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Billings’ plea deal stipulates if he pleaded guilty to child abuse he would receive a two-year deferred sentence and probation.

The deal also stipulates Billings will complete classes on parenting and gun safety and perform 150 hours of community service.

Billings is scheduled to be sentenced at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in district court.

On Oct. 4, the boy allegedly shot the girl in the arm with Billings’ .357 handgun, which was left in area accessible to the children in Billings’ bedroom, according to authorities.

The bullet allegedly went through the right side of her torso, along her ribs and exited through her lower torso. It did not hit any of her bones or organs, authorities said.

According to court records, Billings and the children were watching a football game in his bedroom.

Billings allegedly left the room to shut a few lights off in the house and get a soda when he allegedly heard the shot go off. He was gone for less than 30 seconds, according to records.

The boy, according to records, allegedly retrieved the gun from where it hung on a curtain rod about 30 inches above the bed.

Man allegedly part of burglary to be arraigned

Two Craig residents arrested and charged with several felonies stemming from an alleged burglary will soon be arraigned in Moffat County District Court.

Shane Meimerstorf, 38, is charged with second-degree burglary and theft, both Class 4 felonies, two counts of first-degree criminal trespassing, a Class 5 felony, violation of bail bond conditions, a Class 6 felony, and criminal mischief, a misdemeanor.

Scott Steckel, 36, is charged with second-degree burglary and theft, both Class 4 felonies, and two counts of first-degree criminal trespassing, a Class 5 felony.

Steckel is also charged with criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, and five counts of being a habitual criminal.

The two were arrested in mid-November after police officers allegedly found them in possession of various tools and a bicycle that had been reported missing.

During an initial investigation, Craig Police Department officers were notified that several vehicles had been entered and tools and CDs were taken, according to records.

Officers also received information that a bicycle was stolen from the same area.

According to records, officers followed shoe prints and bicycle tire tracks left in the snow near the area the items were allegedly taken from. Officers were led to a residence where Meimerstorf lived.

Meimerstorf is scheduled to be arraigned at 3 p.m. Jan. 18 in district court. Steckel is scheduled for arraignment at 1 p.m. Feb. 15 in district court.

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