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UPDATE: Hunter Murder Developments

UPDATED Monday, August 3, 2009 --- 5:40 p.m.

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) -- The former girlfriend of a man convicted of killing a fellow squirrel hunter two years ago in a racially charged incident is sentenced to six months in jail.

Marinette County Circuit Judge David Miron also Monday ordered 23-year-old Dacia H. James, who pleaded no contest to aiding a felon, to serve three years probation and do 200 hours of community service. Court officials say she is to begin the jail sentence Sept. 11.

The maximum punishment for aiding a felon is 3 1/2 years in prison.

James used to date James Nichols, who's serving 69 years in prison for killing 30-year-old Cha Vang of Green Bay in 2007.

James was accused of helping Nichols stow his shotgun in a storage unit after Vang was killed.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed two other charges against James.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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UPDATED Monday, August 3, 2009 --- 7:55 a.m.

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) -- A Marinette woman whose ex-boyfriend has been convicted of killing a squirrel hunter faces up to 3 1/2 years in prison when she's sentenced for aiding a felon.

Twenty-three-year-old Dacia H. James had pleaded no contest to the charge, which also carries a maximum fine of $10,000. She'll be sentenced Monday afternoon.

James used to date James Nichols, who's serving 69 years in prison for killing 30-year-old Cha Vang of Green Bay in 2007.

James was accused of helping Nichols stow his shotgun in a storage unit on the day Vang was killed.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed two other charges against James.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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Updated Thursday, July 23, 2009 --- 10:34 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Supreme Court has decided not to review a high-profile murder case.

That leaves the appeals court ruling in place against James Nichols. The court upheld his murder conviction last March.

Nichols was sentenced to 69 years for killing Hmong hunter Cha Vang in Peshtigo in 2007.

Nichols appealed, claiming the judge should not have allowed some statements he made to police.

But, the appeals court ruled the statements were relevant to whether Nichols killed Vang in self defense or out of racial hatred.

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Posted June 2, 2009 --- 11:30 a.m.

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) -- The former girlfriend of a Peshtigo man convicted of killing a squirrel hunter two years ago in the woods of northeastern Wisconsin has reached a plea deal for her involvement in the crime.

Marinette County Circuit Court officials say 23-year-old Dacia James of Marinette pleaded no contest Tuesday to aiding a felon. Another felony of being party to possessing a firearm by a felon and a misdemeanor count of encouraging a violation of parole were dismissed in the plea deal.

James Nichols is serving 69 years in prison for second-degree intentional homicide in the death of 30-year-old Cha Vang of Green Bay. James was accused of helping Nichols put his shotgun in a storage unit the day Vang was killed. She's to be sentenced Aug. 3.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.


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