Sentencing delayed in 1986 Portland murder

Posted Nov. 11, 2009, at 10:41 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Sentencing has been delayed until January for a 62-year-old New Hampshire man who recently pleaded guilty to charges he killed a woman in a Portland apartment in 1986.

Roger Roy Bernier of Manchester had been scheduled to be sentenced this week following last month’s guilty plea to a manslaughter charge in the death of 33-year-old Mary Kelley.

Prosecutors say a court-ordered psychological examination has not been completed. A judge will use that report to help fashion Bernier’s sentence.

The Portland Press Herald says Bernier was part of a group of homeless Vietnam veterans who befriended Kelley.

The case was one of Portland’s oldest unsolved homicides until Bernier admitted killing Kelley.

Bernier faces 20 years in prison.