Comments for: Former teacher says man accused of murdering Fla. firefighter ‘was good to people’

Posted March 01, 2012, at 7:02 p.m.
Last modified March 02, 2012, at 9:46 a.m.

BELFAST | A Mount View High School English teacher who taught accused murderer Daniel Porter said Thursday that he was one of the nicest teens she had ever known. “He was genuine. He was good to people,” said Tanya Hubbard, adding that the murder charge levied against her former …

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  • Anonymous

    Yeah he was one genuine drug dealer…so good to people that he would sell to anyone.

    • Anonymous

      who, perdomo?

    • Anonymous

      what was he like before he went to the war iraq that changed him

      • Anonymous

        Oh give me a break! I have relatives that were also in Iraq, one for 3 tours, and then went back as a civilian contractor, and is now state-side with a successful job and normal life. They don’t all come home drug dealers. Going into service shouldn’t be an excuse for this behavior. 

        • Anonymous

          Thank you for your post.

  • Anonymous

    “He was a great guy.”  Famous last words.

    • Anonymous

      yes..to hear their friends speak they both were.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder how many of Hubbard’s students are/were on drugs.  I know of a couple!!!

    • Anonymous

      What does that have to do with anything?

    • Anonymous

      I wonder how many students in EVERY Maine high school is on drugs?  More than most parents would ever want to believe.

  • April Rainfrette

    Wow, the dead man’s body is barely cold and the lawyer goes into pitbull attack mode.

    • Anonymous

      It’s his job.  If I were ever in any kind of trouble, I would hope my lawyer would be on the attack as well.  Especially when a jury will be selected from the very same people that read this paper and others throughout the midcoast and Bangor area.  No time is better then now to put alternative thoughts into peoples heads.  Whether it works or not, that is a different story.

    • Anonymous

      Its more than cold. Its frozen. Thats why they had to wait until tomorrow for the autopsy.

    • Kim

      Right!!! He chose to pull the trigger. Guilty. Period. no one should be murdered for any reason.

      • Anonymous

        Kim0 if ever you are in a threatening situation and you find yourself seconds away from possible death, don’t use that time to ponder what the court system might think- Pull the trigger!

      • Anonymous

        How do you know Perdomo didn’t fire first?   We just don’t know yet what went on.  

  • Wait for the facts, here are a few….this nice guy from Florida came to Maine to sell his drugs, and came back for money owed him…he left his girlfriends house with a loaded gun.  I realize that this kid shouldn’t have gotten involved but neither should the “family man” from Florida.  The cops should have taken the calls in January more seriously.   So it seems they were both nice guys right?  The truth will come out.  And I would put money on the only reason the kid from Maine got involved was because his girlfriend likes the drugs….Nowak has prior drug and theft convictions on her criminal record, per BDN

    • Guest

      Mmmm-kaaay.  Let’s not lay any blame on that poor innocent church going, help an old lady across the street Maine boy for his actions.  HE is the victim here, right Fred?  Likely had something to do with his relationship with his mamma too, huh?

      • Anonymous

         Of course ole Danny boy is a victim. His girl friend made him do it. He would never do any drugs or anything like that……..(Sarcasm for those of you who don;t understand)

    • Anonymous

      Don’t blame Adam, Eve made him do it! But we forget, Adam knew God had said, “Do not eat from the forbidden fruit.” Adam chose to eat. Here my friends, the homeboy, chose to pull the trigger. Defending ones property and self can be self defense. Hmmm???? Now lets see him prove self defense. Good luck. I can’t say that I would like to be a juror, if chosen I would serve. Very unlikely, as I am not in that district.

    • imurdaddy

       Blame the victim. That’s the way to get out of this, seems like that is defense plan from reading this article.

      Porter threatened to shoot Perdomo, with a machine gun, and put him through a wood chipper. Sounds like what a good kid would do right?

      Porter is going to end up in jail for a few years (at most). Hope the $3000 was worth a couple years of freedom and being a convict the rest of his life. He should have paid his debts.

      •  there is no victim here,one guy selling drugs one using drugs,ones in the grave the other going to prison they are both where they belong.

  • Anonymous

    Says way TOO much about her ability to judge character.
    And, why she would want to certify and then advertise it is well beyond me.

    • Anonymous

      People change

      • Anonymous

         yes when there is drugs and money involved people do change !why did Porter sell the drugs and spend the money he should have payed his dealer!HE new what would happen if he didn’t pay up. no he want to spend the money! hold on and bend over send him some soap on a rope !

    • Anonymous

      Actually, her ability to judge character is just fine.  I know Daniel Porter, and truthfully he is a genuine, good-hearted person.    He is certainly not a saint but he is a good person.  I don’t know what happened in that house that night but I believe that he must have had no choice.  How do you people know that Perdomo didn’t pull out the gun that he brought with him?  People don’t kill people because they owe them 3000, they kill people because their life is in danger.  Use your head.

      • Kim

        Imagine that. He wouldnt have hidden the body and bought another car, replace the carpeting. Its u my friend that needs to use your head 

        • Anonymous

          That was very insightful.  I appreciate your ability to recite information from all of the same news articles I have read.  Thank you.

      • Anonymous

         Has law enforcement located this gun Perdomo is said to have had with him in his car?
        I would be interested in that answer, but it may have to wait until the trial. 

        • Anonymous

          I don’t know.  I am interested in that as well.

        • Anonymous

          Didn’t it say in one of the articles that there was a gun with the body.

          • Anonymous

             I think that the gun that was found with or near the body was the one used to kill Perdomo and dumped to hide the evidence.  If the gun belong to Perdomo and was used to kill him, then someone was unarmed weren’t they?   It will all come out at trial, I am sure.

      • Anonymous

        “People don’t kill people because they owe them 3000, they kill people because their life is in danger.”

        Naivete is a dangerous thing…

      • Guest

          Yeah, people do kill for $3,000 and a lot less.

        • Anonymous

          yes they do, seen it happen over $20.  That’s not even an arguement.

          • Guest

               Thanks, already agreed upon.

      • Anonymous

        I have to agree with you on this. Also what people do not understand is that a firefighter is in what they call a brotherhood just as much as the police. So when the harrassment started in january my guess is that they looked at Daniel as a young punk and looked at Perdomo as a upstanding individual for he was a firefighter. Now did daniel feel protected from harrassment or criminal threatening? my guess not. Now if you or I went to a residence and broke windows we would be arrested for destruction of property and harrassment. makes me think does it you? Also if perdermo was questioned and arrested at that point they may have found drugs and gun on his person. Daniel pulled the trigger,killed a man, and panicked, if only he had called police.  My prayers go out to all involved and many thoughts and prayers to the children of perdomo.

        • Guest

           I completely agree with you on the point of Perdomo being in a “brotherhood.”  Right off the bat, he was listed as a “missing firefighter” not just  a “missing Florida man.”  Even the newspapers lump him into some kind of elite group above everyone else just because of his job description.  Had he been employed as a fast food worker, do you think that would have been in the headline in the news paper?  Probably not. I also think that it’s pretty likely that Porter was rather paranoid and scared, I’m sure he has a lot to hide due to being involved with drugs, but I don’t think that means that he is a cold blooded killer.  When I first saw the photo of him in handcuffs, I was over whelmed with anxiety.  He looked absolutely terrified and in shock.  I know the teacher very well who spoke of him, and I certainly trust her judgement on a person.  I trust her judgement so much that, when I read what she said, I cried for him.  What an awful thing to have happen to his life. It’s just awful for everyone involved.

          • He may have been a good person and all but he did CHOSE to fire a round into a guys head, he CHOOSE to dispose of the body in the woods, and yet you cry for him? If he was in danger by Jerry and he shot because of that then that is when its called self defense and you call the police and explain it was because your life was threatened. Yet also I have not been in any situation like this so…….

          • Anonymous

            in his defense…he went to Iraq and fought for us, he did help save lives as a fireman and SHOULD be recognized for that also not just the bad. People luv to knit pick things and fail to see any thing positive, thats why I say…why even bother defending this country when they come back they are  hardly apperciated. His choice to become a fireman=good 1 however to deal drugs=bad 1. We all make mistakes of some sort right? Cry for Porter…how nauseating…cry for Perdomo’s children who are the victims of 2 people’s bad choices. 

        • Anonymous

          So well put.

      • Anonymous

        Good people, genuine people don’t get involved in drugs. I don’t care how ‘good” he was. He was supplying people, kids with drugs.

        • Anonymous

          didn’t Perdomo supply him with the drugs?  Have you ever known an addict who sells drugs to supply their own habit? Very close minded people.  I am sure both Jerry and Daniel probably have many people that would say they have good hearts.  Just because people get tied up in a mess doesn’t mean there was never anything genuine in them to begin with.

          • Anonymous Anonymous

            Since Perdomo was a firefighter I believe drug test are performed???? Is that right??? I think if he was a drug addict it would have been noticeable and picked up on don’t you?  His fellow firefighters would have noticed something I’m sure. 

        • Kim

          “Good people, genuine people don’t get involved in drugs” wow that’s pretty idealistic isn’t it? I’ve known a few very good people that have gotten hooked on drugs after having prescriptions given them for pain. Happens every day unfortunately.

      • Anonymous

        His actions before and after the fact say A lot and I knew Jerry so it’s normal we’re gonna sit here and try and defend their actions and who they were but the way things happened just do not add up to a self-defense case, your buddy was playing Pool w/ Jerry ok, I dont think he felt very threatened…did he have a plan? yeah I think. He knew b4 hand Jerry was going up there so just analize the situation better… and Jerry also would’ve given the back off his shirt, he wasn’t a selfish person at all. All aside…you’re buddy is alive ours isn’t. 2 kids now will 4ever b tainted & that’s the saddest part. We will continue to hope&pray God sees to it that there is justice, he only truely knows what happened there that night, as well as your friend. Let’s wait and see what unfolds. R.I.P. Jerry.

        • Anonymous

          I am so sorry for the loss of your friend.  I assure you that I have prayed the most for Jerry’s children.  I agree that the best plan is to see what unfolds.  Of course we will all have different views because we all sit from different angles.  In the end, this is a tragedy.  I am not even sure it was a good idea for me to read these comments or comment back.  I am sure people are aware of how devastating this has been for Mr. Perdomo’s loved ones, I just wanted people to know that this is devastating for everyone.

      • Guest

        Then why did he hide the body where he thought it couldn’t be found and flee the state – yep, upstanding citizen.

        • Anonymous

          I never said he was an upstanding citizen.  He was a good hearted person and he was scared. 

      • Anonymous Anonymous

        I think you need to use your head. If Porter was truly afraid of Perdomo , and thought his life  was in danger; then why would he have his gf bring Perdomo to his dads house. I think that Daniel Porter was not  as a good hearted man as many thought. Deep down he was not a good man at all not when you can take the life of another human being over $3,000!!!!! There was better ways of settling this other than murder. 

    • Anonymous

      Doesn’t say too much about your ability to accurately judge character either when you’ve NEVER met this teacher and didn’t know Porter before he got himself into this mess.  

  • Anonymous

    Because people don’t change after High School?

  • Anonymous

    Seems to me Mr. Silverstein that your client was in as deep as the man he killed.  This guy was in Maine for no good — but, your client welcomed him for the time that he could get his drugs off him — when it was time to pay up for those drugs he didn’t want to pay. 

    They both were involved in drugs — only one (your client) chose to pull the trigger and kill another person all so he didn’t have to pay for his drugs. Perdomo may have threatened Porter but he didn’t kill him.  Obviously Porter didn’t have the money and felt this was his only way out.  It doesn’t clear him or make him a “wonderful little down home Maine boy”.

    • Anonymous

      Murder and/or Suicide doesn’t solve a thing.

      It’s just the selfish cowardly act of a desperate person in a seemingly desperate situation.

      Only the innocent ones (family, friends)  left behind are the true victims in a such a tragic event as this one.

      My heart honestly goes out to those that have to try to continue on in the daily rituals.

      To both families involved, I’m sorry for your loss and pain, and pray that you can someday, somehow, begin to see the smiles in the babies faces and feel the warm sunshine on your face, as you recover from this unexpected event in your lives.

      In deepest sympathy and regret,   Respectfully,  357

    • Anonymous

      Nice move by the defense attorney here to influence the jury pool by having this alleged shooter’s teacher tell us what a sweet heart he was.   Or are we actually supposed to believe that this guys grade school teacher called a press conference out of her genuine concern for him? I hope there’s more than just that, since that’s hard to believe.

      Here’s the real deal – prescription opiate addiction in Maine is out of control – this story is the tip of an iceberg that we’re all pretending we can’t see.

      • Anonymous

        You are right and this only goes to show us it can happen to anyone: My kids, your kids. We need to see it as it is and support our law enforcement before these things happen again and again.

      • Anonymous

        She was not his alleged teacher. She was his and mine.  She’s stating how she along with the rest of the Mt. View community remember Dan 6 years ago.  Obviously people change, but she’s voicing her opinion on what a shock this came to the Mt. View Community.  This is the same teacher who has raised over $10,000.00 on her own for Waldo County families to buy heating oil the papers and reporters also covered that story they probably contacted her because her name was fresh in their minds.  Mrs. Hubbard is a wonderful woman who does not need to be attacked.

        • It reads “alleged shooter’s teacher.”

      • Anonymous

        ….good to people? Apparently he gave up that virture.

      • Anonymous

        You’re right.  Like many things, it isn’t what was…it is what it is now.  Every kid starts off cute and eager to be good, but look at some of the wasterels we have around now!

    • Anonymous

      Perdomo didn’t kill Porter first because Perdomo died. The Headline could have read: “Maine man shot and killed, No Witnesses” Maybe his threat were just threats, but to some it might be taken very seriously. What if they weren’t just threats? Porter didn’t kill for free drugs. He killed because he thought he was going to die if he didn’t. It might have been a last second reaction, we don’t know. To cover it all up doesn’t help Porter, but can we convict him yet? Let’s wait for the facts to come out first before we convict. Don’t believe anything at face value. Remember, the prosecution will also paint Perdomo as this ‘sweet-loving-firefighter-husband-family man’.

      • Anonymous

        or maybe drugs influenced his state of mind=paranoia that Perdomo would actually kill him. Whatever the situation he shouldn’t of pulled the trigger, better yet, shouldn’t have made the choice to do drugs, not pay for them. He thought he was a man to get into the drug business…should’ve been man enough to pay for it!

      • Anonymous

         Rational thinking alert!  Rational thinking alert!

        Seriously, we’ll never know exactly what the situation was.  Death threats have been supposedly made on both sides and reported to local law enforcement.  There are motives for both men to murder one another.  If I didn’t know better I’d believe I was watching an episode of Law and Order, or CIS.

      • Anonymous

         The guy went on the wrong side of life by getting involved in drug.  This crap will keep happening if nothing is done about these drugs.  I guess these kids have nothing better to do with their time and money except drug up.

    •  it sounds like he was threatened with death if he didn’t pay and took up for himself and killed the firefighter before he killed him.self defense

      • Anonymous

        Perhaps — but Porter invited the guy into his house and even had his girlfriend meet up with him to follow her — doesn’t sound like he was too scared of the guy to me.  If he was wouldn’t he had been scared that this guy would do something to his girlfriend?  He brought him to a secluded place — if he was scared why not meet up where there are people to discuss this drug money?  Perhaps self-defense — Perhaps a set-up to get rid of a problem.  Either way no good can come of drugs and what it brings into someones life.

      • Anonymous

        would he have been in that threatening situation if he had paid? Probably not right. If he supposedly sold what Perdomo was bringing him,owed this $ to him since January…bought a new car the day after Jerry disappeared, he did have the money to pay Jerry and would’ve most likely stopped the threats had he paid Jerry. He was blatantly trying not to pay, he didn’t have a job…enough said.  Little boy who decided to get involved with bigboy stuff then wasn’t man enough to pay up. It was a senseless act anyway u put it,analize all the b.s. he says in the arrest affidavit…he planned this out. 

    • Guest

      The truth of the matter is he (Porter)  is a criminal and was obviously engaged in criminal activities – and not to bash Mt. View but the school seems to have graduated several criminals in the past few recent years. I’m from the area, I know.

      • Anonymous

        The school has also graduated some very productive members of society. I’m from the area, I know.

        • Guest

          Yes I agree with you on that point, but this is becoming a high crime area – and it is rampant among the young adult population in the county.

      • Anonymous

        Don’t attack a school for a few students. I had the same education as these criminals and as Self Responsibility said.. Have become a productive member of society. It’s not the school.

        • Guest

          Actually I’m attacking the local area, not the school; Waldo county is a drug infested and largely unpoliced area with access to Bangor; bet yuo lock your doors – don’t you?

    • Anonymous Anonymous

      From the timeline of events it looks like this was a premeditated murder. The gun being bought days before the incident, and Porter’s girlfriend showing Perdomo the way to Porter’s dads. It is strange to hear that Porter couldn’t pay the $3,000 to Perdomo, but yet had enough money to buy a new car to go to Connecticut to visit his family. I think that there are more people that should be arrested in this case, like Porter’s dad, and Porter’s girlfriend. It all stinks. I knew when I read the girlfriend post on Facebook  that she was sorry for his family and friend’s LOSS! she  knew Perdomo was dead and she knew because she helped  by showing Perdomo the way to the home of Porter’s dad. As a member of society I don’t care about how good of a guy this Porter was in High school that does not change the fact that he took the life of an individual that had two children, and was a RESPECTED member of the community. It’s a disgrace that people are so quick to judge Perdomo which is dead now because of Porters actions!  Actions speak louder than words, and even though it’s stated  that Perdomo threatened to take Porter’s life, Perdomo wasn’t the one that acted upon his threats Porter was the one that did actions upon his words.

    • Anonymous

      you dont know how some people can act if you owe them money here especially drug money. they can be nasty and darn right A–h—s

      • Anonymous

        Again: How do u not have $ and buy a car,take a road trip to Conn?? How is that possible? 

  • Anonymous

    He has  Silverstein for a Lawer. This will be a slam dunk for the prosecution.

    • Anonymous

      hope so.

  • Anonymous

    The attorney said “Perdomo brought trouble here” Well its called supply and demand he brought what was wanted. He didn’t bring the trouble the trouble has been here. Neither of these men were saints obviously just so sad for the family members that won’t have their loved ones any more because of this mess.

    • Anonymous

      thank you,appreciate the kosherness.

      • Anonymous

        It’s all so sad that these 2 young men made decisions that have now left them dead or behind bars for the rest of their life. They may have been “good people” but unfortunately they made some bad choices that are now going to effect everyone around them. I just can’t be one of those judgmental people and say these men were terrible people, I think they just took the wrong path unfortunately. I hope the families involved can find a way to get through this.

  • Anonymous

    Time to educate the teacher.   Drugs change people.  

    • Anonymous

      I believe that is exactly what she said!

  • Anonymous

    I would like to thank people that have come forward and told the truth about Daniel Porter.  The truth is, he is not a saint.  He is a good-hearted person and I believe he was in a situation where he felt he had no choice.  He is not some cold-blooded killer.  Nor would he kill someone because he owed them a measly 3 grand. If you are a good-hearted person, you would only kill someone if you had to, if you were in danger.   

    • Anonymous

      Porter’s actions after shooting Perdomo – covering it up – clearly are not consistent with a person acting in self-defense. He had a choice and made a very bad one.  

      • Anonymous

        Look, I know that he made a bad choice.  It was a bad choice not to report it to the police and to hide the body.  People get scared, he was clearly panicked.  

        • Anonymous

          Not just a bad choice, but behavior indicative of guilt in my view and well beyond panicky.  

          • Anonymous

            Well, you have your opinion and I have mine.  I do appreciate your use of language and ability to not make me feel attacked by your opinion.  He is my friend, I am a good judge of character.  This has been very difficult.  I will remain his friend.

          • Anonymous

            I agree..I do not think it was self defense.  Its a good thing a drug runner is off the street..dead or not..but this was murder for a reason..money.

      • Anonymous

        THANK YOU. I don’t think his friends have ever seen a c.s.i. episode or a 48 hrs. episode etc… your actions say more than anything else.

    • Anonymous

      Porter at most will get manslaughter two as i Have watched this same senario in a couple other cases , Im what you might call anabulance chaser of murder trials, I belive perdoma was threatning porter and his family and perdoma may or may not have pulled a wepon that day but has threated his family and him which will hold up quite well in the right defense lawyer kid will get 8-10 yrs max if that . The kid is not a mean person but a scared person and of coare the drug trafficing was wrong , But he doent have the eyes of a murderer stay tunes we shall see.

      • Anonymous

        You are right, he does not have the eyes of a murderer.  He has a good soul.

      • Anonymous

        and of course because Jerry’s not here to defend that allegation.

      • Anonymous Anonymous

        If you look at the timeline it looks like the murder  was premeditated most likely will get more than that!!! The purchase of the gun days before the murder,  and Porter’s gf bringing Perdomo to the home will be looked at as well i think. 

    • Anonymous

      BULL…

    • Anonymous

      yeah, explain the smirk on his mugshot, and most of all…explain how good he was to his kids. 

      • Anonymous

        LOL.

    • Anonymous

      I hope your not on the jury! Porter was a drug dealer, cheat and now a murderer. Stop making him out to be a saint. He obviously had no intentions of paying Perdomo  because if he did, Perdomo would be alive today!

  • Anonymous

    eitherway one is dead the other might as well be……….sad….we can only guess what happened that night was going to probably be one or the other.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t help but wonder how the firefighters from Maine and Florida feel now about their brother? Not trying to be mean but you don’t travel from Florida to Maine to deal drugs unless you’re really into it. I do feel sad for the deceased’s wife and children. What a horrible legacy he left for them.

    • Anonymous

      I wouldn’t be so sure Perdomo’s wife didn’t know what her husband was doing. I mean, come on, your husband makes frequent trips to Maine and you think he’s just helping people (people you’ve never met)? It’s not as though it would have been a good idea to tell authorities “Yeah, my husband is actually a drug dealer and he makes sales up in Maine once a month.”

    • Anonymous Anonymous

      Or unless you went to Maine because you have a gf there???? Are we forgetting that he had a gf there Supposedly!!!

  • Anonymous

    My sincere apologies to the Perdomo family and the people of Florida, for what you are about to go through in a murder case that will quickly be turned to make your family member and friend the guilty one.  Silverstein is famous for defending murderous scum and trying to turn the tide to lessen the sentence or get them off completely.  He is exactly what gives Defense attorneys a bad name.  You all remember Silverstein right?  He is the same lawyer that defended Anziani to a much shorter sentence than the LIFE he deserved.  He has represented some of the most disgusting people this state has every offered.  My prayers are with the Perdomo family and my hopes is that conscience will overcome Porter’s girlfriend and she will tell the truth exactly what this little punk was up to.  Kill him and then cut him up?  Was that really necessary?  Nope, didnt think so either.

    • Anonymous

      they are investigating perdomo drug use in florida by the way

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like Daniel Porter is as innocent as they come. Release him, apologize for any inconvience that may have come to him…because murder in Waldo County is rarely a punishable offense

    • Anonymous

      dont know what wil happen to him. sounds like self defense . said perdomo threatened his family maybe his father was there 

  • Anonymous

    This article is finally putting forth the reality that two young men have lost their lives.  I realize that Daniel is still breathing but I assure you that anything valuable to his life will be gone.  Some people believe it is better to be dead than to spend life in prison.  It is absurd to compare this to Anziani, who murdered a completely innocent baby! Neither of these men are blameless and both of them belong to people and have families and loved ones.  This is NOT a television show.

  • Anonymous

    and what should a teacher do when she judges a students character as “bad”?

  • Anonymous

    “The teacher has never had one of her former students be accused of murder.”

    That’s usually the norm…

  • Guest

      So now it starts. “The let’s paint the other guy worse then me” and remember, one of them can’t defend himself any longer. I think most will concur that both these guy were not good enough. Not good enough to take the road that most people take. ie school, job, family and thats good enough. Some of us some how fail to make it, we take an exit that leads to what we are reading about here. That’s just what I think but hey, who am I? (Retorical question, don’t answer please.)

  • Anonymous

    would it be safe to say DRUGS change good people for the worst or would i be assuming too much !

  • Guest

    Headline should read Man accused of killing Florida Drug Dear..

    • Kim

      dont matter. still dont murder people

    • Anonymous

      Did you miss the part where Porter is also a drug dealer, or is this the standard Maine xenophobic reaction to everything?

      People are all over Perdomo for “poisoning Mainers” (almost implying he got what he deserved), but dont seem to hold the same standard to Porter on this one. Some even want to turn him into a victim just “defending himself”, despite how he seems to have brought Perdomo over with the intent of killing him (based on his subsequent actions) and then hides the body.

      Both were drug dealers, only one committed calculated murder to get out of paying drug debts.

      • Anonymous

        Just like some states want to impose immigration laws because they say they’re just bringing in drugs. It’s stupid really because it’s just so much easier to place blame on some else. I mean if Mainers weren’t loving their little colorful candy pills would Florida make any profit from it NO!  Don’t get me wrong I will admit the pill issue is outta control here in FLorida too, who is ultimately responsible…Doctors and drug reps who are making the BIG BUCKS not just Jerry, he was just making the chumpchange. Get it right!

        • Anonymous

          It really seems many people up here only “see” the drug issue when it can be blamed on someone/something from away. This area is just filthy with drugs, yet it goes against the “way life should be” fantasy many people up here still hold, where nothing bad happens in Maine. All these people who are so outraged that Perdomo brought “poison” to the state seem to ignore the fact that virtually half this state is selling or using themselves. But if a local does it, he’s “a good kid who just made a mistake”, yet if it’s from outside, completely different standard.

          And while they’re complaining that Perdomo is still getting the respect of being called a firefighter/marine, they’re trying to turn the “poor Maine kid” (who was also a drug dealer and murdered a person in cold blood) into some kind of victim.

      • Harry H Snyder III

        I’m not “implying” that he got what he deserved, I’m saying it!  I’m no big fan of Porter either.

      • Anonymous

        But I thought that Maine was all Lollipops, rainbows, candy kisses and happiness until all of those bad people from away started us on drugs.
        Reminds me of when the band Phish came to the county. People were talking about how all the drugs were going to be coming in. As if no one had ever been high or tripping in Aroostook County before. As if.
        These guys are both guilty. Just one of them drew the short straw

    • Anonymous

      oh get over the fireman crap already, envious go become 1 yourself!

  • Two lives forever ruined because of a temporary high. What a shame. Life has so much to offer, and it was wasted for greed and a couple hours of euphoria. Horrible.

  • Anonymous

    Wierd case. Nobody seems to busted up over firefighter Jerry. By reading the comments below they are more sypathitic to the Mainer that dumped him. Strange world we live in, this guy Porter has a very good chance of walking out the front door the day of trial and I can’t say without knowing all the facts that wouls be a bad thing. Time will tell I guess.

  • Anonymous

    It is a horrifically sad situation all the way around, 2 young men’s lives ruined forever, it doesn’t matter now how good or bad they were.  They both have innocent family & friends who love them & are in pain for a long time.   Drugs ruin lives, so much evidence out there but it continues to ruin lives.  

  • Guest

     If you knew this teacher, you would think differently.  I can’t make you understand how amazing this woman is, so I wont really try too hard.  You might find her name in past news stories published in this same paper.  The most recent being that she has raised a large amount of money and directly purchased fuel to heat families homes with every penny of it this winter.  Not that something like that makes a perfect judge of character.  You might also find stories about other former students of hers with the last name of Hemmens who are well known in their television/movie  acting careers and a well known musician.  None of that really matters though.  Isn’t it a little crazy of you to assume a 17 year old kid is a good representation of who they will grow up to be?  It might be a place to start, but there’s no way she could have predicted something like this, which is exactly what she said. I’m not sure how old you are now sir, but are you exactly the same as you were 7+ years ago?

    • Guest

      Her comment to the press is still inappropriate.

    • Anonymous

      I congratulate her and appreciate the work she has done to help heat homes in Maine.  She may be one of the greatest teachers that there ever was, though i prefer to give that notoriety to one Kim Rees if you dont mind.  I dont believe though sir, that it means she is a great judge of character, and obviously she isnt, because she felt the need to interject herself into a murder investigation.  Maybe she knows Mr. Silverstein, maybe she knows the family, not that it matters much.  Unless the defense asked her to interject, there is no need of it.  Porter admitted already to shooting Mr. Perdomo.  He also admitted to trying to cover it up by replacing the rug, running, and dismembering him.  I am not sure what world you are from, but it takes a special type of person to be able to dismember someone.  Matter of fact it takes quite a bit to kill someone, so i dont believe my judgement of the teacher’s comments were either unfair, or unwarranted…By the way, i am 44, not 74 and I have a long history dealing with sociopaths…so thanks for playing.

      • Guest

         So you’re saying that even though she actually knew this guy before she made a judgement on him, that YOU are a better judge on someone like her even though you don’t even know her? That’s a little arrogant. And I doubt she felt the need to interject into a murder investigation, if you did know her, you would realize that more than likely she was approached by someone, probably a news reporter and they asked her some questions and those were her responses.  I would be pretty surprised if she sought them out to make these comments. It’s just not the way she is.

      • I haven’t heard anything about dismemberment, what source is that from?  Also not sure where the age 74 popped up either…

        • Anonymous

          ugh…really true this dismemberment thing? Makes me sick to my stomache. I hope it’s not true.

  • Anonymous

    If you were LUCKY enough to have a child in her classroom, the last thing you would be doing is pulling them from her class. Tanya Hubbard is an amazing teacher and person, I had her when I was in school.

    • Anonymous

      Tanya Hubbard is THE reason Mt. View is such a great school at which to educate your children.  She is the teacher children remember long after their high school years are over.  She cares for each and every one of her students.  For her to be able to speak kindly and fondly of a past student facing such horrible accusations, is exactly the reason she is such a wonderful human being.  I wish more teachers cared as much as she does for her students.

  • He we go again, turning criminals into folk heroes.  Perdomo, ‘he was a great guy’, ‘a family man’,’he helped people’  he blab,blab,blab. ”

    He did not come up to Maine to see the Paul Bunyan statue.  He came up here to bring drugs and make money, allegedly. At least $3000 worth of drugs. How many Mainers got drugged up and or ODed. ODs from illegal drugs happen every single day in Maine.  Finally we get some drug dealers, alleged,  and its ‘turn criminals into folk hero time’.   

    And dont be surprised if one of the Caribbean drug cartels is behind the  scenes

    • Anonymous

      Not justifying cartels but people in those countries don’t have as bad a drug problem as we do here in America, should tell you something. Maybe a lot of these cartels are just trying to feed their families. It’s so easy to judge judge judge.

      • Harry H Snyder III

        Maybe a lot of robbers, car-thieves, and scam-artists are trying to feed their families too. 

        Does this mean that the Walmart workers, the D.O.T. crews, and the Bangor Hydro linemen who work honestly are heroes?

  • Dumbb All Over

    Here come the armchair quaterbacks that know the whole story. Why do people do this?

    • Anonymous

      It’s Maine, Dumbb…people use this forum like it’s our local version of the soap opera, “The Young and the Tasteless.”

      • Harry H Snyder III

        Almost 25% of the people on this board are posting from IP addresses originating outside Maine.

  • Anonymous

    I guess that it is safe to start referring to the victim as the “Florida drug dealer” instead of the missing Florida fire fighter. 

  • Anonymous

    Another dead veteran, a casualty of war.  Will it never end.

    • Harry H Snyder III

      Another dead drug dealer, a casualty of stupidly and greed.  Freedom to choose comes with a price.

  • Anonymous

    So many people have commented on how “drugs change people’, and this is very true. 
     The neurochemistry in our brains called neurotransmitters become depleated and a chemical deficiency occurs causing a disease to manifest resulting in a change in behaviour of the person. 
    It is a neurochemical deficient addiction disease which needs medical attention.
    So many “good people” are afflicted with this condition, it is so sad, and so many people make judgements about something they know nothing about.

  • Lisa Gould, who described Perdomo as her “boyfriend” when she reported him missing, stated to police that Perdomo had a Glock .45 and was going to meet some who owed him money.  If I was sitting on a trial jury, the AG would have to have some overwhelming evidence for me to not vote for a “not guilty” verdict for Daniel Porter.  Of course, under Maine’s “justice system,” the jury will probably never be allowed to know that Perdomo was heading out that day with a gun to collect a drug debt.

    • PaulNotBunyan

       You seem to overlook important facts. Porter told Nowak to meet Perdomo at Dysart’s so he could follow her to the house in Jackson. That’s just one example. I think Perdomo made this trip from Florida because Porter said he had some money for him. It’s a planned and premeditated murder.

      • Anonymous

        my thoughts exactly.

    • Anonymous

      unfortunately drug business is a dark one thus needing a gun, especially to collect $ from someone for 2 mos. He had the $ he bought a car for crying out loud, just a boy thinking he could live in man’s world, now he will=in thepen.!

    • Anonymous Anonymous

      Wonder if this “Lisa” girl was really his gf or just a friend of Porter & Nowak  pretending to be the gf of Perdomo. Maybe she was pretending to be the  girlfriend of Perdomo and stating she was a friend to Perdomo’s face ,but actually was  in on this whole thing of setting up Perdomo. After it all goes down she can pretend she was the gf of Perdomo and state he had a gun to help out the Porter case.  You just never know! Just a thought.

      • Anonymous

        It came to my mind too.  I wonder if Lisa knows Daniel and Cheyenne.  They seemed to be aware of her.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know if he was dealing drugs or not but if he was truly dealing in drugs, he is where he and anyone else who deals in drugs belongs!  I have no sympathy for drug dealers, drug users, murders, rapist or crooked politicians and have no wish to support them and supply them with free health care, dental care or a  free education while they are in prison!

  • Anonymous

    both of these men made the wrong choices in life. the good old boy from maine chose to get into drugs andt when you do that bad things happen. the hero firefighter chose the same path. both lose! and so do their families. when the hell will people wake up? drugs will ruin your life one way or the other. whether one was threatened or both were doesnt matter, you play with fire your gonna get burnt. killing someone in self defense is one thing, hiding the body and other evidence something else! and do you really think this lovely girlfriend didnt know about this murder, why hasnt she been arrested. and same with the father. thats my opinion.

  • Anonymous

    I just love this lawyerspeak -“untoward conduct”  and “nefarious conduct”

  • RX drugs ARE out of control in Maine….and while this writer doesn’t condone murder, the fact is that this firefighter from Fla was bringing those drugs here to sell. When you can’t pay your drug dealer it usually results in violence against you. Maybe this was self defense ? I’m tired of hearing about this poor innocent firefighter…he was up here to sell pills, and was even cheating on his wife here…..great guy. He was  already making GREAT money as a firefighter…but gotta have more, more, more…

  • Everybody has a breaking point….and he was found in Conneticut so he has left the state of maine

  • Anonymous

    “I don’t think Dan’s ever been out of the state of Maine,  she said.”

    Apparently she missed the part of the story where he ran off to Connecticut!

    • Anonymous

      Lol

  • Anonymous

    I have friends in law enforcement, you will not believe what is revealed at trial,they aint no angels in this one. 

    • Anonymous

      You don’t need friends in law enforcement to see the obvious. Kudos to you on your impeccable name dropping abilities though!

  • Anonymous

    He had no trouble pulling the trigger and killing this man ! he new what was going to happen when  he invited Perdomo  into his house his gun was loaded and ready! Now he deserves the same thing he gave Maine needs to bring back the death penalty to many murders here maybe if they new same was going to happen to them there would be less killings!

  • Bangahrang

    Why does this totally feel like a, “Kill or be killed” situation?

    • Anonymous

      If you kill someone in self-defense, you do not run and hide, and try to cover your tracks and mislead investigators…..

      • Harry H Snyder III

        YES you do, if you are also involved in other illegal activity and don’t want contact with authorities. 

  • He was a fake 

  • Anonymous

    Take a look at any school and I would wager you would find alumni that have chosen to do good and make something of their life . . . and alumni that have made bad decisions and have or will eventually pay the price. For every criminal I would guess there are a lot more graduates who are working hard and making a honest living . . . and not in the news.

    • Anonymous

      Your Point Being?

  • Anonymous

    Im sure his attorney is already sharpening his knife desparate to cut a deal:),he aint gonna want any of the details to come out in court, i promise ya.as will all the defendants and there are more guilty too.

    • Care to share?

      • Anonymous

        No its gross

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  • Anonymous

    I say we go after the main drug dealers. “Doctors”

    • Harry H Snyder III

      Some pharmaceutical companies “lose” 20% of their product a year.  Tell me how long General Motors would last if it “lost” 2.5 million vehicles every year?  How long could ExxonMobil survive if they “lost 25 million gallons of gasoline a day?

    • Anonymous

      That’s what I say…let’s stop paying for their extravagant lifestyles, Luxury cars,expensive vacas.,and stop enabling these situations even take place. 

  • Anonymous

    I was once 1 then 2 then 3 then 4…..the past all changes with the choices u make in the future.

  • Guest

    Really, good to people, so he pullled the trigger of a 357 and blew away another human being. If that is good I hope he is never bad…yikes

  • Guest

    Drugs.

  • Anonymous

    one thing that puzzles me is each put in a complaint that the other was threatening them. why didnt the cops give each party a harassment warning stating continued threats will result in harassment charges and a arrest. it happened with me once. my sister and i dont get along each of us was giving a warning not to call on contact each other if we did well we would be charged . sister was threatening me at the time . that is what should have been done here. that is in a way the cops fault for not enforcing that. if that was in place was all daniel had to do is call the cops. he may be facing a lesser charge on drugs vs murder perdomo would have been investigated sooner . he may still be alive . he has issues resulting from the war iraq he might have been helped. he probably was a good person at one time. maybe that is why his wife was acting the way she was 

    • Anonymous

      can’t blame the cops for someone’s stupid actions though. These are both “adult” not teens. 

  • Anonymous

    You analyze well paulnotbunyan. Although I am a friend of Jerry’s…we can’t be blind about how things happened.Just why would he bring his loving girlfriend into a situation like this if he was oh so scared, why??? 

    • PaulNotBunyan

       It seemed rather obvious to me. Jerry was led to believe things were patched up with Porter. We don’t know the extent of the girlfriend’s involvement. If she’s innocent then we could say she’s easily controlled and manipulated.

      • Anonymous

        exactly.

        How “scared” could Porter have really been if he sends out his girlfriend to help the man he was “so afraid of” find his way to Porter’s house? Then they play pool for a while, cause that’s just what you do when the guy is coming up to hunt you down over money you owe him.

        Porter isn’t a “victim”, he’s a coward drug dealer who ambushed his supplier, then tried to hide the crime. But since he’s a “native mainer”, his actions are able to be rationalized to demonize those terrible folks from “away” who are “forcing locals to sell them to their own”.

        • Anonymous

          This is not what people are saying. They mean both were in the wrong. Nobody is right. Cynical he did just that, brought pills he bought cheaply in Florida to Maine. Why would you back him up?

          • Anonymous

            I’m not “backing him up”, I’m annoyed with the blatant double standard being displayed on here where people seem to constantly try to tear down Perdomo without applying the standard the same way to Porter, seemingly only because he’s local.

            All the outrage about drug dealing seems placed firmly on only one of the two with the “Florida guy was poisoning Mainers”, ignoring that it was a Mainer actually selling the drugs to other Mainers. And while Perdomo should not receive any credit for his various types of service and should simply be referred to as “drug dealer”, Porter (who was doing the same thing, and essentially stealing, committing murder, and so on) is being defended.

            It’s like some Mainers are more worried about “covering for their own” than the morality they in the next breath claim to be so beholden to.

          • Anonymous

            Neither of these two is or was a good guy. No double standard. My only issue is the national media playing out the heroic firefighter thing. Part husband, part cheater, part loving dad, part heading to maine not spending time with my kids, part firefighter, part drug dealer. Double standard, double lives. . . seems to be a trend.

          • Anonymous

            beacuse he’s dead right now dude maybe thats why.

    • Anonymous

      Loving girlfriend. How about his loving wife? That’s what I am talking about right there.

      • Anonymous

        I believe the loving girlfriend that was referenced was Porter’s girlfriend Cheyanne, not the woman that Perdomo was seeing up here. Correct me if I’m wrong though gvp11…

        • Anonymous

          ummm yeah, talking about Cheyanne, you’re w/ me jemileesmom :)

          • Anonymous

            I thought Cheyenne is his wife?

          • Anonymous

             Cheyanne is Porter’s (the man accused of killing Perdomo) girlfriend. Perdomo is married, but I don’t remember her name (Tonya sticks out in my mind, but I’m not 100% positive that’s correct). Perdomo also supposedly has a girlfriend in Maine named Lisa. I’m not sure if that’s been confirmed, or not.

            I hope that clears things up for you. With so many names being tossed around, I can see how it could confuse a person.

  • Anonymous

    If you kill someone in self-defense, you do not run and hide, and try to cover your tracks and mislead investigators…..  If it was truly self-defense he would have called police immediately and explained what happened.  Shoot even if he did it on purpose, he should have done that.  I think with his actions before and after the murder, it looks like pre-meditated to me.   And if Dan was worried about the threats made prior, why would he have his girlfriend lead him all the way deep into the woods at a rural home with few neighbors?  Wouldnt you meet in a more conspicuous place as to not feel threatened?  If this self-defense thing works, it will be another Casey Anthony type verdict… flewked. 

    • Anonymous

      Not in maine Florida_spy. Wow Casey Anthony trial really did mess with Floridians. I agree it looks pre-meditated. It may have been. However, that doesn’t destroy the fact he threatened him for money owed. Nobody was right in this situation. My condolences to the Perdomo family. Ultimately nobody has the right to take another persons life, unless it is a matter of self defense. Now a mother and children have no husband/father. That is the real tragedy to this story.

    • Harry H Snyder III

      Guess it is a good thing for Porter that you won’t be part of his jury-pool.

      • Anonymous

        lol!  Well, if the facts don’t change from what they are now… how else would you see it?  I mean, you never know what evidence will come out in court, but from what I could tell, it looks like he planned it cause he didn’t wanna pay up.  Podermo isn’t innocent, but he isn’t alive to tell his side…

        • Anonymous

          mte.

    • Anonymous

      yeah I just hope their jurors in Maine are not as idiotic as ours in FL. 

      • Anonymous

        Did you not see his “peers” when he made his court appearance?  Bunch of pill poppin drug dealing gun toatin backwoods hicks… chearing like it was a popularity contest.  I’d say (unfortunately) Dan has a good chance to get a lessor verdict…. Flawed system again…

        • Anonymous

          You are a sad person to judge others merely on their appearance. 

  • Kim

    Amen!!!!!! florida_spy u got it right. u go

  • Anonymous

    another sad case of drugs controlling the lives of people, one man dead another in prison for years.

  • Anonymous

    So much for all this blind “hero worship” of firefighters,EMTs and cops. Ever heard the old saying…..clothes dont make the man. Both were wrong and doing bad stuff

  • Kim

    Oh my. You just got it all figured out. NOT kittery kid

  • Anonymous

    I’m sick of reading about how a killer is a “good person.”  If you’re a good person you don’t have drug debts and kill people. 

    • Anonymous

      Not saying he is a good person, just saying this was a double sided story. This wasn’t a cold blooded random murder. 

  • Anonymous

     It’s really sad how some (not all) people in Maine are painting Daniel Porter as a ‘good boy who made bad choices’ as far as his killing Jerry Perdomo goes. Those same people are calling Mr. Perdomo all kinds of terrible names for bringing prescription drugs from Florida to Maine.

    BOTH men are equally as guilty for engaging in drug related activities. Both men have people who care about them, and are hurting because of Mr. Porter’s decision to kill Mr. Perdomo. Both of them CHOSE to make bad decisions. It’s not fair that the one who pulled the trigger, hid the body, and FLED THE STATE is being made out to be the victim, while the one who is dead is the bad guy.

    THEY BOTH ARE TO BLAME FOR WHAT HAPPENED.

    If they hadn’t chosen to buy/sell/take drugs, this wouldn’t have escalated, and we wouldn’t know EITHER of their names!

    Just my thought…

    • Anonymous

      true.

  • Anonymous

    Drugs + good people= bad behavior and tragedy…

  • Anonymous

    why would you kill someone if they owe you money. A dead man can’t pay off debts. Either Porter was high and paranoid or it really was self defense. I think the girlfriend will be key in explaining a lot of what was going through Porters mind at the time.

    • Anonymous

      No but if you owe somone else money (as Dan owed Jerry) you might kill them to get out of paying…

  • Anonymous

    Why would you kill a man that owes you money. A dead man can’t pay off debts…

    • Anonymous

      I think the dead man was owed the money

  • Anonymous

    As I read all the comments it is sad. Have some compassion for his children. He made wrong choices as did Daniel in this whole thing. Greed and addictions can take hold of a person then all decisions made can be altered. A man is dead at the hands of another bottom line. There is a major problem with perscription drug addiction in all states not only maine. Both men are victims of each other. I myself am a widow raising my daughter by myself. The children will cry and always wonder what their lives without their dad will be like. They will watch their mom struggle with her emotions regardless. If both men thought about how their actions would have affected their families just maybe this could have been avoided. So when you post please take in consideration both sides for both families are hurting. thank you

  • Anonymous

    Why kill a man that owes you money? A dead man cannot pay off debts…

    • April Rainfrette

      The murder victim was the person owed money.

  • weezy

    When you make the choice to engage in criminal behavior involving drugs, you are doing business with addicts who are addicted, and that addiction ‘owns them’.  All concern for others, comes in second to the need for the fix.  You are trusting your life to the hands of street thugs, who may or may not sell you something that will kill you, something that has been made by  other ‘street thugs’, solely for the purpose of lining their pockets.  Drug trade is not about your needs….you are only the money to the dealer, you support them, they support your fix.  Good people die everyday due to bad choices and addictions.  All of these local drug deaths need be the lesson taught to  our youth in school.  If our youth believe drugs are safe and accept that as a way of life, the end result is death or prison…not many escape the hold it has on their lives.  The power of addiction is greater than love of family, love of yourself, and love of life.

  • There seems to be a lot of people willing to jump to conclusions with little or no evidence. We simply do not have evidence to be saying much of anything at this point. Lets wait for the trial before we add our two cents.

  • Anonymous

    The high school English teacher should know that she feels “…bad…”, not “..badly..”.

    • Anonymous

      Lol

  • Anonymous

    People who start out as “good hearted” people don’t always stay that way, and just because they used to be, doesn’t mean they get to carry that label around for life.  When people “choose” to begin a life of drugs and alcohol, they also choose the lifestyle and the risks involved.  It doesn’t matter WHY they started, it is always a choice to start.  The past few months have been the most valuable teaching moments for me with my young teen aged son.  I have been able to show him exactly how these good people, good kids, have made the choice to throw their lives away and endanger those around them.  They have thrown their futures away, lost their lives, or destroyed the lives of their loved ones.  I’m sure they all used to be good people, and then they  made a a choice, and that is always what I am trying to teach my child…….ONE wrong choice, when it comes to drugs, can ruin your life.  I guess all we can do as parents is teach teach teach, hold our children accountable, teach them how to have a good time without the use of drugs, build their self esteem, keep them busy, supervise their activities, know their friends and friends parents, and then hope and pray for the best!  We all know that they will be faced with the decision to do drugs or not to, they will be offered drugs everywhere they go, school, the bus, school dances, friends homes, the mall, everywhere and anywhere….As a parent I will do everything in my power to prevent it, but ultimately it will be their CHOICE.

    • Anonymous

      Amen brother.

  • Anonymous

     Porter obviously wasn’t very “good” to Perdomo.

  • Anonymous

    Drug Dealers are NOT “good people”!

  • Anonymous

    “He was genuine. He was good to people,”… and, so was the “Wolf in sheep’s clothing to Little Red Riding Hood!

  • Some of the nicest people you will ever meet are also some of the worst.  People who do evil things are charming people for the most part. Some of the most abrasive people you will ever meet are some of the people who care the most. It hard to see evil because it does not fit are expectations 

  • Anonymous

      “He must have just gotten into a situation or a place that went out of control.”  yeah, it’s called the state of Maine.  i’d be embarrassed to be the mdea.  most of the dear people i grew up with in maine are either now addicts, in jail or dead. maine, the way life should be… yeah, if you want your kid to grow up to be a drug addict.

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