Pilot convicted of dive-bomb tactics on hunters

Posted: Friday, December 22, 2006

DILLINGHAM - A Dillingham big game guide has been found guilty of felony assault for using his plane to endanger another pilot and some hunters.

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Edward Bryon Lamb, 38, faces up to 10 years in jail for eight counts of felony assault.

Lamb was found guilty of using his plane like a dive bomber to buzz hunters and endangering the pilot who transported them.

Lamb's wife, who has been sitting in the courtroom throughout out the week long trial, broke down and cried Tuesday as Judge Joel Bolger read the verdicts.

The incidents occurred during the 2005 fall moose season when Doug Brewer, owner of Alaska West Air from Kenai, transported hunters to the Kemuk Mountains near Dillingham, an area traditionally used by Lamb for his clients.

The jury also found Lamb guilty of assault for chasing down Brewer while Brewer was airborne flying his clients and gear.

During the trial Lamb's attorney Brent Cole characterized the charges as exaggerations and Alaska tall tales.

The jury found Lamb not guilty on four counts of hindering a lawful hunt. The jury did not rule on two separate assault charges. In all Lamb faced 15 charges.

Assistant Attorney General Roger Rom said the state is going to ask that Lamb forfeit his plane.

Judge Bolger set a sentencing hearing for April 24.



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