Matinicus shooting case closed

By Stephen Betts | Dec 16, 2011

Rockland — The final lawsuit stemming from a July 2009 shooting on Matinicus Island during a lobstering dispute has come to an end.

A dismissal of the case brought by Weston Ames against Edwin "Vance" Bunker, his daughter Janan Miller and her husband, Alan Miller, was filed this week in Knox County Superior Court.

Terms of the settlement were not released. A notice filed Dec. 2 with the court by Ames' attorney Robert Rubin stated that a portion of the settlement was expected to be tendered soon.

In May, a lawsuit brought by Christopher Young and his wife, Kimberly Young, of Owls Head was dismissed as the result of a settlement. Terms of that settlement were also not released.

Young was shot by Bunker on July 20, 2009, on a dock on Matinicus. Young had originally sought to have $4 million in liens placed on the defendants' properties.

Both Bunker and his daughter were acquitted by a jury in March 2010 on all criminal charges filed by the state in connection to the shooting.

There was no dispute during the five-day trial that Bunker had shot Chris Young in the neck on July 20 and that Janan Miller took a shotgun to the Steamboat Wharf. The issue in the trial was whether their actions were reasonable in the face of the confrontation that had developed with Young and his half-brother, Ames, over claims of cutting lobster traps.

Bunker also fired a shot that narrowly missed Ames. And Bunker's daughter, Janan Miller, twice pointed a shotgun at Ames and Young moments before the shooting.

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