September 26, 2017
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Lincoln man not guilty of manslaughter in crash

The Associated Press

FARMINGTON, Maine — A 23-year-old Lincoln man has been found not guilty of manslaughter, but guilty of a lesser charge of letting an intoxicated friend drive his car before it crashed, killing the friend.

A Franklin County Superior Court jury on Thursday found Ryan Hurd not guilty of manslaughter and aggravated operating under the influence in an October 2007 crash that killed 34-year-old Terry Richardson Jr., of Dover-Foxcroft, and injured 30-year-old Chad Bernier of Medway.

But jurors found Hurd guilty of aggravated “operating under the influence accomplice liability.”

The Sun Journal of Lewiston said Hurd’s attorney, Richard Hartley, objected to the court allowing the jury to issue another verdict after Hurd was acquitted of both charges the state had filed against him.

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