VT: Vermont turkey hunter hit by 52 shotgun pellets fired by another hunter
July 13, 2010
Jury awards Vermont man $380,557 for hunting wounds
A jury has awarded $380,557 to a Vermont turkey hunter hit by 52 shotgun
pellets fired by another hunter.
The Windsor County Superior Court jury returned the award last week
against Ralph Townsend of Hartland for the May 2008 incident in Woodstock.
Townsend was sued by William Rea of Barnard, who suffered a collapsed
lung and other injuries.
Rea's attorney, Ross Feldmann, told the Rutland Herald the award was
fair. Townsend's attorney, John Boylan, said it's too early to decide about
At the time of the shooting, Townsend told game wardens he thought he was
shooting at a turkey.
Townsend pleaded no contest to charges arising from the shooting, and he
received a suspended sentence.
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