Maine State Prison inmate loses appeal to keep stereo in cell

Posted Oct. 14, 2010, at 3:17 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — An inmate who’s serving 75 years for murder and kidnapping won’t have a stereo and CD player to keep him company at the Maine State Prison.

Byron Raynes appealed all the way to the state supreme court after his stereo, cassette deck, CD player and electric razor were taken away from him.

Such items have been prohibited since 2004, but Raynes was allowed to keep them because he had purchased them before the new rules were put into place.

On Thursday, the state supreme court upheld the seizure of those items as a punishment against Raynes after he was caught twice with pornographic material in his cell. Raynes was sentenced in 1990 for killing 34-year-old Margaret Shaw of Gardiner and kidnapping her children.

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