Brother and sister sentenced in Maine man’s death

Posted Oct. 04, 2010, at 1:01 p.m.

ALFRED, Maine — A New York man was sentenced in Maine to life in prison Monday and his sister to a 40-year term in the 2008 suffocation of her husband with a rum bottle.

A York County Superior Court judge sentenced Jeffrey Williams of West Hempstead, N.Y., and Darlene George in back-to-back hearings. The two previously were tried together and convicted of murder in the death of George’s husband, Winston George.

Police say Winston George was tied up at his Old Orchard Beach home; a rum bottle was shoved down his throat and he suffocated.

Co-defendant Rennie Cassimy also pleaded guilty in the case and testified against Williams and George.

Cassimy told jurors that he and Darlene George were having an affair and that she came up with the plan to kill her husband. Cassimy likely will be deported to his native Trinidad and Tobago after he completes an eight-year sentence on a conspiracy charge.

Dana Gould, an ex-wife of Winston George, described him as a hardworking man who was dedicated to his family and sent money every month to his mother in his native country of Trinidad and Tobago.

“A mother who had to bury her son, a mother who had to endure what no mother should have to endure,” Gould said.

George’s 89-year-old mother died a few weeks after the trial ended this summer.

“Mercy is not deserved here today,” Gould said. “There was no mercy shown to Winston.”

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