Man shoots woman after confusing her haircut for a bird

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — A Grand Junction man has been sentenced to five years of probation for shooting a woman in the head after he confused her red Mohawk for a bird.

Derrill Rockwell, 49, said he thought the woman, who was sitting near a hill by his home, was a fowl that had been harassing his cats.

He realized his mistake when he heard the 23-year-old woman moaning in pain. Her injury was not life-threatening.

According to the Grand Junction Sentinel, the woman was a transient who left Colorado and could not be reached to testify.

Rockwell was sentenced for felony possession of a weapon by a prior offender.