11/06/2014 01:57 EST | Updated 01/06/2015 05:59 EST

Central Alberta man pleads guilty to charges in death of fellow hunter

RED DEER, Alta. - A central Alberta man has pleaded guilty to two firearms-related charges in the accidental shooting death of a fellow hunter five years ago.

Herbert Stanley Meister of Lacombe has admitted to using a rifle without a licence and careless use of a firearm.

A charge of criminal negligence causing death was withdrawn.

A 55-year-old man was shot in the abdomen in November 2009 after being mistaken for a deer during a hunting trip.

His wife read a tearful victim impact statement in court and afterwards turned to Meister and said: "I forgive you."

Meister, who is 62, was given a 60-day jail term, to be served on weekends, and a two-year conditional sentence.

He is also banned from owning weapons for the rest of his life.