Hunter Homicide

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) _ A white hunter has learned his fate for
killing a Hmong (mung) immigrant as they both stalked squirrels in
the woods.
James Nichols has been sentenced to the maximum 69 years in
prison.
The Laotian-born victim's body was found in January, hidden in a
wildlife refuge where he and Nichols had been hunting. An autopsy
indicated he was shot once and stabbed five times.
Nichols did not testify. But the jury heard tape recordings in
which he told law enforcement officials he acted in self-defense
after the other man shot him. Prosecutors argued he took advantage
of the isolation in the woods to act on his prejudice against the
Hmong.
The killing rekindled racial tensions in northern Wisconsin,
where a Hmong (mung) hunter fatally shot six white hunters three
years ago.


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