Man in prison for hunting death wants out while appealing

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A Georgia man in prison for a 2005 hunting death wants to be released while he appeals his case to the Vermont Supreme Court.

A hearing on the request by 20-year-old Collin Viens could be held this week.

Vermont District Court Judge Ben Joseph sentenced Viens earlier this month to a year in prison. Joseph has denied two requests to allow Viens to be free while the case is pending.

But Viens’ attorneys say he poses no danger to the community.

A jury found Viens guilty of manslaughter for shooting St. Albans farmer Rejean Lussier. The 60-year-old Lussier was shot while he sat in the cab of his tractor two years ago.

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