Top game warden says hunting fatalities to be prosecuted more vigorously

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Vermont’s top game warden says the Department of Fish and Wildlife is determined to hold hunters accountable when they negligently kill someone while hunting.

The comments by Colonel Robert Rooks came after a Georgia man pleaded not guilty yesterday to involuntary manslaughter charges in the Nov. 23 shooting death of a friend while they hunted in Milton.

Rooks wasn’t speaking specifically about the case of Timothy Madden who is charged with killing 43-year-old David Jenkins of Milton.

But Rooks said the department felt it was appropriate to send to jail people convicted of hunting fatalities.

In the last two months, two men were each sentenced to a year in jail for hunting fatalities that occurred during the 2005 deer hunting season.

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