Life in Prison for Killing Feuding Neighbor
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man convicted of killing his neighbor in a long-running feud over deer feeding and other disputes has been sentenced to life in prison.
Fifty-eight-year-old Neal Zumberge, of New Brighton, was also sentenced in Ramsey County Wednesday to 15 years in prison for injuring the neighbor's girlfriend. Zumberge was convicted of first-degree murder and three other felonies in a May 2014 shooting that took the life of 46-year-old Todd Stevens and injured Jennifer Damerow-Cleven.
Prosecutors said Zumberge had a grudge against Stevens because of disputes including Stevens' practice of feeding deer, which Zumberge blamed for a case of Lyme disease he and his dog once contracted, and that the tipping point came when the victims had one of the Zumberge's sons arrested.
Zumberge admitted to the shooting, but claimed it was self-defense.