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Imprisoned NH Farmer: I Felt Threatened By Woman

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire farmer serving a three-year prison sentence for brandishing a gun at a trespasser on his property says he felt emotionally threatened by her presence.

Ward Bird testified Tuesday under oath before Democratic Gov. John Lynch and the Executive Council in his bid for a pardon. Bird's accuser, Christine Harris, didn't attend.

Bird says he was recovering from abdominal surgery and was uncomfortable with strangers on his remote property in Moultonborough, a town of about 4,500 residents. He denies pointing or waving his handgun at Harris. Family and friends have started a campaign to free him.

Four of the five councilors wouldn't comment after Tuesday's hearing. But Councilor David Wheeler says Bird deserves a full pardon because there's evidence of "a gross miscarriage of justice."

The council votes Wednesday.