A 42-year-old Owls Head man was fined $500 on Feb. 22 after he pleaded guilty to criminal trespass in a case that occurred last summer aboard the lobsterboat of a man accused later that day of shooting him.

Christopher L. Young entered his plea and was fined in Knox County Superior Court.

Young was convicted of going aboard the fishing vessel of Edwin Vance Bunker on the morning of July 20 off the waters of Matinicus Island.

Bunker claimed in court documents filed last year that Young got on his boat, swore at him, grabbed him and then tried to take him down. Bunker pepper sprayed Young twice after Young refused to get off his boat, Bunker said in the affidavit. Young left after the second pepper spraying.

Bunker was indicted in September for two counts of elevated aggravated assault and single counts of criminal threatening and reckless conduct. He has pleaded not guilty to the offenses. Jury selection is scheduled to be held Monday, March 1 in the same courtroom that Young was in this week.

Young and his wife have filed a civil lawsuit against Bunker that seeks more than $4 million in damages.

Bunker has claimed he shot Young to defend his daughter during an altercation on a wharf on the island.

In an affidavit filed last year by Young, he stated that he and Weston Ames were on a wharf on Matinicus Island on the morning of July 20. Alan Miller approached the dock on his lobsterboat, which also carried Maine Marine Patrol Officer Wes Dean. When the boat tied up at the dock, Ames and Young called for the officer to talk to them.

At about the same time, Bunker appeared at the wharf in his pickup truck, according to Young. Bunker got out of the truck and approached Ames and Young.

Also at the same time, Bunker’s daughter appeared from behind a stack of lobster traps on the dock on the opposite side of the two men. She was armed with a shotgun, the lawsuit states, and leveled it at both Ames and Young.

Young claims that Bunker and both Janan and Alan Miller had coordinated their actions to trap Ames and Young on the dock.

Ames asked Janan Miller not to point the gun at him and when she did not stop, he pushed the barrel away from both himself and Young. She then pointed it back at him and he took both hands trying to push the barrel away from their direction.

Young said that neither he nor Ames had threatened or touched Janan Miller or Bunker in any way.

Bunker then drew a handgun from his holster, aimed the gun at Ames and fired a shot that missed.

Bunker then turned, again took deliberate aim and shot him in the neck, Young said.

The Maine Marine Patrol officer emerged from the cabin of the boat and climbed on the dock with his weapon and ordered everyone to get down.

In Bunker’s version of the events, he said after Young accosted him on his vessel, Bunker immediately went ashore and to his residence to call the Maine Marine Patrol about the attack against him.

Bunker said his wife then contacted him to say she had received a radio call from Miller, who said Young and Ames were chasing Miller in his boat, trying to run him into the ledges.

Bunker, 68, who has fished for lobster off Matinicus Island for more than 50 years, said when he got to the dock and got out of his truck he heard hollering and got his gun, which he had put in the truck earlier in the day for protection.

“As I approached the area I saw my daughter Janan Miller and Wes Ames struggling over a shotgun,” Bunker stated in the affidavit. “I also saw Chris Young approaching her and threatening her. I fired a shot over their heads to make everyone stop.”

“Immediately after I fired the first shot, Chris Young lunged at Janan and myself,” Bunker said. “In fear of what Chris Young and Wes Ames would do to myself and/or my daughter, I felt I had no choice but to fire my gun at Chris Young.”

Bunker has been barred from going to the island other than to bring in lobster traps.