A Vermont jury has convicted 18-year-old bird hunter Eric Patch, who two years ago mistook a tree-stand hunter for a grouse and peppered the man with more than three dozen pellets. Patch now faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison for aggravated assault. The teenager could become the first hunter to go to jail in Vermont for a non-fatal hunting accident.
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There’s virtually zero chance Patch will get anything like the maximum penalty. Still, does the conviction alone go too far? Or do you think it’s fair?