April 20, 2010

Lobsterman acquitted in shooting

A jury finds Vance Bunker and his daughter innocent of all charges.

The Associated Press

 A Maine lobsterman and his daughter have been acquitted of all counts stemming from the shooting lobsterman in a feud over lobster traps off Matinicus Island.

Sixty-eight-year-old Vance Bunker was charged with elevated aggravated assault and other charges for shooting 44-year-old Christopher Young in the neck on a wharf on remote Matinicus Island last July.

Bunker's daughter, Janan Miller, was charged with reckless conduct for her role in the shooting.

Bunker testified he fired in self-defense after being threatened in an escalating dispute over vandalism of lobster-fishing gear. The four-day trial has given outsiders a rare view into the unofficial rules followed by Maine's lobster industry.

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