Maine man seeks lesser sentence for killing father

Posted Jan. 31, 2009, at 12:54 p.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — A 36-year-old Sabattus man who shot his father to death during his 65th birthday party in Lewiston wants his sentence reduced.

Scott Poirier was convicted last January of manslaughter in the 2006 shooting death of his father. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison, with all but five years suspended.

Poirier claimed he was suffering from an “abnormal condition of mind” because of sexual abuse he’d suffered at the hands of his father.

Poirier was in a Lewiston courtroom Friday asking that his sentence be reduced so he can reunite with his four young sons. Justice Joyce Wheeler said she would review a transcript of the sentencing before ruling on the motion.

Dozens of Poirier’s family members and well-wishers were in court Friday, including his four sons.

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