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VT: Teen hunter shoots hunter he thought was a partridge

Jury Convicts Teen for Hunting Accident

Hyde Park, Vermont - March 3, 2008

A jury has convicted a Lamoille County teenager for shooting another hunter. Police say 18-year-old Eric Patch was bird hunting in Hyde Park two years ago, when he shot another hunter out of a tree stand. Andy Gates was hit with at least three-dozen pellets. He survived. Patch told police he thought Gates was a partridge. A jury convicted Patch on aggravated assault charges. That carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. No hunter has ever gone to jail in Vermont for a non-fatal hunting accident.

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