November 28, 2007
Wisconsin Hunter Gets 69 Years in Hmong Killing
By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love
From an Associated Press story in The New York Times:
A white hunter convicted of killing a Hmong man as they both stalked squirrels in the woods was sentenced Wednesday to 69 years in prison.
James Nichols, 28, of Peshtigo, was convicted last month in the death of Cha Vang, a 30-year-old father of five. The slaying rekindled racial tensions in northern Wisconsin, where a Hmong deer hunter fatally shot six white hunters in 2004.
Marinette County Circuit Judge David Miron gave Nichols the maximum sentence, noting his history of violence against animals and others, his juvenile record and a previous conviction for burglary.
''The community needs as much protection as it can possibly get,'' Miron said. ''The best we can do is make sure you can never do harm again.''
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