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Hunters’ Families Win Settlement

July 22, 2000

PEACE RIVER, Alberta (AP) _ The families of two Americans accidentally shot and killed while moose hunting in Alberta five years ago have won a $730,000 settlement from the shooter and outfitting company.

Alan Jorgenson and Ray Jorgenson, two brothers, died Sept. 14, 1995, when shot in the back with a single bullet as they sat parked behind a bush in an all-terrain vehicle. One brother was sitting in front of the other.

Dale Kastner was originally charged with manslaughter, but the charge was reduced to dangerous hunting under Alberta’s Wildlife Act.

A judge acquitted him after a trial in May 1996. The judge said Kastner honestly believed he was shooting at a moose and had no way of knowing the brothers were in danger.

The Jorgenson brothers were hunting with two guides from the outfitting company NorthAlta.Ventures in remote woods near Peace River almost 480 miles northwest of Edmonton.

In 1997 the Jorgenson families sued Kastner, the guides and NorthAlta.Ventures. Alan Jorgenson’s wife, Alynne, of Richmond Hill, Ga., had claimed millions in her lawsuit, as had Ray Jorgenson’s widow, Dolores, of Grand Forks, N.D.

Lawyers for both sides spent 2 1/2 years litigating the case. The settlement, which included legal costs, was finalized last month.

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