January 14, 2013

Maine court to hear appeal in murder sentence

The Associated Press

PORTLAND — Maine supreme court justices are hearing arguments this week in the appeal of a 22-year-old man who claims his 45-year sentence for a double killing is unfair.

Eric Hamel is challenging the sentence he received after pleading guilty to two counts of murder in the 2009 shooting deaths of two men in Rumford.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is scheduled to hear arguments on Wednesday.

Hamel argues that his sentence was longer than that of his two co-conspirators, creating an inequality in violation of state law.

Richard Moulton was sentenced to 40 years after pleading guilty to two counts of murder for his role in the killings. Moulton's girlfriend was sentenced to 15 years for helping to plan the killings.

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