The boy, who is not being named because he is a juvenile, could face 15 months in a detention center. He was 14 at the time of the shooting.
According to investigators, the teenager and his older brother, now 17, had been dropped off at a trailhead on Sauk Mountain by their grandfather, who remained in the vehicle.
It was a foggy morning, according to both boys and other hikers, and after several hours of hiking
, both boys said they saw what they thought was a bear on the mountain
about 100 yards ahead of them
, according to court documents.
The boys both had rifles with 3X-magnification scopes
and both looked through their scopes for "a few minutes"
before the younger boy said, "It's a bear, it's a bear," and, "I've got my cross hairs on it,"court documents allege.
Almli, an experienced hiker and sportswoman from Oso, Snohomish County, was hiking with a longtime friend when she was killed about 10 a.m.
by a single shot to the head
fired from the boy's Tikka .270-caliber rifle, court documents allege. She was wearing a light-blue jacket and green pants when she was shot,
Her friend also was wearing a blue jacket
, according to investigators with the Skagit County Sheriff's Department.
The friend jumped off the trail and slid down the mountain in fear for her life, according to the charging documents.
She heard someone say, "Oh my God, it's a person,"
the documents allege, and then heard footsteps running for the parking lot. The boys ran to the lot to tell their grandfather what had happened.