PARIS, Maine — The triggerman in a double killing in Rumford has pleaded guilty in Oxford County Superior Court.
Twenty-year-old Eric Hamel of Mexico on Thursday admitted his guilt in the shooting deaths of 48-year-old Roger Day and 22-year-old Victor Sheldon in August 2010. Also facing murder charges is Richard Moulton Jr. of Rumford, who’s scheduled to be tried in February.
The Sun Journal newspaper says Hamel told police that he and Moulton met several times to plan the killings and that he agreed to do it for $2,000.
Police say Moulton was angry because Sheldon allegedly assaulted his estranged girlfriend, who had begun dating Moulton.
No sentencing date has been set for Hamel, but Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson said the state will recommend that Hamel serve 50 years in prison. Part of the plea agreement will require Hamel to testify against Moulton or any other defendants in the case. A sentencing date has not been set because Moulton’s case has not been resolved and investigation into the shootings is ongoing.
Hess said he has been meeting with prosecutors about the sentence they would recommend if Hamel entered a plea.
“It’s a discussion that’s been going on for several months, and it reached a point where both sides were comfortable with the recommendation,” Hess said.
According to police affidavits, Moulton wanted Sheldon killed because Moulton was afraid his girlfriend — Sheldon’s estranged wife, Gayla Sheldon — would lose the two children she had with Sheldon if he went to jail.