Monmouth man sentenced to 30 years for killing mother
Kenneth McDonald listens to opening arguments during his murder trial Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, at Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta, Maine. He is accused of murdering his 80-year-old mother, Janice McDonald, in August 2009. His defense attorney contends he was driven by a lifetime of abuse from her and he should be convicted of manslaughter, not murder. (AP Photo/Kennebec Journal, Andy Molloy)
Posted Sept. 29, 2010, at 4:54 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A Monmouth man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing his mother last year in the home they shared.
Forty-four-year-old Kenneth McDonald abruptly ended his trial on Sept. 1 when he pleaded guilty to murder in the stabbing death of 80-year-old Janice McDonald on Aug. 24, 2009. He was sentenced on Wednesday on Augusta.
WMTW-TV reports that the judge said she considered his diminished mental capacity and believed McDonald was sorry for his actions.