Prison Time Upheld For Squirrel Hunter

A state appeals court has decided a Peshtigo man sentenced to 69 years in prison for killing another squirrel hunter two years ago received a fair trial.

The 3rd District Court of Appeals has rejected James Nichols' arguments that a judge erred in allowing as evidence statements he made to police and testimony suggesting Nichols hated Hmong people.

A jury convicted Nichols of second-degree intentional homicide in the death of 30-year-old Cha Vang of Green Bay in woods near Peshtigo in 2007.

The three-judge appeals court said Tuesday the evidence of Nichols' hatred of Hmong was relevant because the jury was sorting through competing claims that he killed Vang in self-defense or that he killed because of grievances with Hmong hunters.

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