Man who shot and killed downstate hunter sentenced to prison

A convicted murderer who shot a hunter in Bath Township has been sentenced to serve 22.5 to 60 years in prison. 

Thomas Olson, 35 of Grand Blanc was convicted in February of one count of second-degree murder and one count of felony firearm in the 2018 shooting death of Chong Yang. 

The shooting took place at Rose Lake State Park. Yang was hunting in the park on Nov. 16, 2018 and his wife became concerned when he did not return home that evening.

Family members searched for Yang and found his car in a lot at the park. They followed a trail of footsteps which led them to his body. Yang was laying facedown with a gunshot wound to his head. Witness testimony and a plastic bag with hunting spray that was recovered near the scene led police to Olson. Olson also stole Yang’s headlamp, knife, backpack, and shotgun.

Olson will also serve a two-year consecutive sentence on the firearm charge.