March 24, 2018
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Defendants not guilty in lobsterman shooting trial

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine – A jury has found a Maine lobsterman and his daughter not guilty Friday on all charges stemming from the shooting a fellow lobsterman in a feud over lobster traps off Matinicus Island.

Sixty-eight-year-old Vance Bunker was charged with elevated aggravated assault and other charges for shooting 44-year-old Christopher Young in the neck on a wharf on remote Matinicus Island last July.

Bunker’s daughter, Janan Miller, was also on trial for reckless conduct for her role in the shooting.

Both defendants claimed they acted in self defense.

Jurors deliberated for 10 hours over two days before reaching their verdict.

For a full account of the verdict, pick up tomorrow’s Bangor Daily News or log on to

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