AUGUSTA, Maine — A judge has denied a request to revisit the conviction of an Augusta man who pleaded guilty in the murder of a Franco-American cabaret singer two years ago.
Kennebec County Superior Court Judge John Nivison on Friday turned down Mathiew Loisel’s petition claiming his lawyers had failed to advise him of possible “state of mind” defenses. Loisel is serving a 30-year sentence after pleading guilty last year in the fatal shooting of Jean Paul Poulain in Poulain’s Augusta apartment.
The Kennebec Journal said Nivison found that Loisel’s attorneys had discussed those potential defenses with Loisel before he entered his plea.
Loisel’s accomplice, Corey Swift, also pleaded guilty in Poulain’s murder and received a 10-year sentence.