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Logger acquitted of homicide in man’s death

November 25, 2011
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

QUEENSBURY (AP) - A logger has been acquitted of criminally negligent homicide in the death of a snowmobiler who was struck by a falling tree while riding on an Adirondack trail.

The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports that a Warren County jury acquitted Michael Vernum of Lake Luzerne of the most serious charge on Wednesday but found him guilty of reckless endangerment.

Authorities say 50-year-old Gary Clark of Fort Ann was riding a snowmobile on a trail in Warrensburg last March when he was struck by a tree Vernum had just cut down.

Vernum faces up to a year in jail when he's sentenced Jan. 11.

Members of a snowmobile club said Vernum had been warned in the weeks before the accident that felling trees onto the trail was dangerous.



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