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The woman has a criminal background (2002 felony conviction for writing a bad check & a conviction on five counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty) yet her testimony alone was used to convict Bird. Bird was convicted of criminal threatening which carries a mandatory term of three to six years. The judge says he wanted to reduce the sentence but couldn't due to the sentencing guidelines. New Hampshire House Speaker William O'Brien and more than 100 House members have signed a petition asking Gov. John Lynch to pardon Ward Bird.Three and a half years ago, in a profanity-laced tirade, Bird warned a stranger who said she was lost to get off his land, 60 mountainside acres that are off the grid and plastered with â€œNo Trespassing,â€™â€™ â€œKeep Out,â€™â€™ and â€œPrivate Propertyâ€™â€™ signs. After his arrest, Christine Harris, then of Salem, N.H., testified that Bird waved a gun at her. He said the Sig-Sauer .45-caliber handgun remained in his holster. There were no witnesses to the confrontation at the home Bird shares with his wife, Virginia, and their four children.