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Playing devil's advocate, this is probably the same charge he would have faced if he had shot at a car or pedestrian, so hard to say that it's hugely unreasonable. He's not going to get more than community service and hopefully a firearms safety course.
We had a nasty little trap set for cyclists (or runners in the dark) in our neighbourhood recently. Not sure what charge they would lay, but probably misdemeanor mischief (and they would be pursued in civil court for the damages caused to the cyclist).