- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 8, 2017

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A former Maine corrections officer who prosecutors say shot and wounded another corrections officer in June is facing felony charges and a civil claim from the shooting victim.

Twenty-four-year-old Matthew Benger was in court in Augusta on Monday for an initial appearance of charges of reckless conduct with a firearm. The Kennebec Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2vB4hC5 ) the suit names 33-year-old Matthew Morrison as the victim.

Benger did not enter a plea as the charge is a felony that would have to be presented to a grand jury. A conviction on the charge carries a maximum penalty of five years’ imprisonment.

Benger was released on personal recognizance and is scheduled for a court appearance in September.

His attorney told the judge that he will be discussing civil litigation with Morrison’s attorney.


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