Monmouth man sentenced to 30 years for killing mother
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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)
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.