February 5, 2013

Maine high court upholds 45-year term in double killing

The Associated Press

PORTLAND — The Maine Supreme Court has upheld a 45-year prison sentence for a man who pleaded guilty to two counts of murder in the shootings of two men in Rumford.

Eric Hamel challenged the sentence, saying he shouldn't have received a sentence that's longer than that of his co-conspirators. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday rejected his appeal, saying the differences among the three sentences reflect the differences in conduct.

The 22-year-old Hamel was the triggerman in the killings of Victor Reed Sheldon and Roger Leroy Day Jr. in August 2009. 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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