BANGOR (AP) – A Newport man has been indicted on a manslaughter charge in the hunting death of a friend in Levant during the November deer season.

The indictment handed up Monday by the Penobscot County grand jury also charges Adam Nason, 20, with night hunting, hunting deer after having killed one and false registration of a deer.

Nason fatally shot James Griffin Jr., 21, on Nov. 8 while hunting illegally in woods off Route 222, officials said. It was Maine’s first hunting-related shooting death since 2001.

Nason is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 28 in Superior Court. If convicted of manslaughter, he faces up to 40 years in prison.

The victim’s father, James Griffin Sr., said he feels no ill will toward Nason, a longtime family friend. “Our family is very concerned for him,” he said Monday.

The two families have visited once or twice since the shooting for what Griffin Sr. called “healing time.”

“I really haven’t changed any feeling towards the situation,” he said. “I’m trying not to think about it more.”

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