September 22, 2017
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Windham man pleads guilty to manslaughter in fatal hunting accident

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Windham man accused of killing a fellow hunter in an accident last November pleaded guilty to manslaughter Thursday morning.

William Briggs, 62, was sentenced to three years in prison with all but 45 days suspended and four years probation, the Maine Warden Service said in a statement.

Briggs will also perform 500 hours of community service with an emphasis on hunter education and safety.

Briggs was hunting near the Hogfat Hill Road in Sebago when he failed to properly identify his target and shot and killed Kolofsky. An investigation determined Briggs mistook Kolofsky for a deer.

Briggs also faces a minimum 10-year suspension of his hunting license as a result of the conviction.

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