Detroit man pleads guilty to killing father

Angelo Licata
Courtesy of Somerset County Jail
Angelo Licata
By Alex Barber, BDN Staff
Posted June 18, 2012, at 3:17 p.m.

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A Detroit man pleaded guilty Monday morning in Somerset County Superior Court to killing his father last summer in Cambridge.

Angelo Licata, 34, will be sentenced sometime in August, said attorney general’s office spokeswoman Brenda Kielty.

Licata pleaded guilty to depraved indifference murder, said one of his attorneys, Frank Griffin. The charge of intentional or knowing murder was dismissed. Licata had been indicted on both charges.

Licata’s lead attorney, Peter Barnett, was ill Monday and didn’t attend court, according to Griffin.

“[The judge] described depraved indifference [to Licata in court] as an act that is so severe it disregards the value of human life. In other words, the act speaks for itself,” said Griffin.

Justice John Nivison ordered a presentence evaluation of Licata that will provide personal and criminal material to assist the court in sentencing.

Licata’s trial was set to start on Monday, June 25. He had waived his right to a jury trial and would have instead been tried by a judge.

“We’re pleased Mr. Licata entered a plea of guilty,” said Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson.

Griffin said Licata wanted to move on.

“He really loved his father. He wished that this never happened,” Griffin said Licata told him. “He wants to put this behind him — I guess, to put this problem to rest for his brothers, his mother and for himself.”

Authorities went to the home of Alfred Licata Sr. at 14 Ham Hill Road in Cambridge after his wife, Arlene, dialed 911 from a neighbor’s house on July 21.

According to a state police affidavit written by Maine State Police Detective Bryant Jacques, Arlene Licata was upstairs in her two-story house when she heard banging and screaming on the first floor and subsequently saw “blood all over the kitchen.”

Somerset County sheriff’s deputies found Alfred Licata’s body on his lawn. He appeared to have suffered blunt-force trauma to the head during the incident, according to the reports. Police have not said what was used as a weapon.

The affidavit filed by Jacques said Angelo Licata later went to a friend’s house in Waterville. He was crying and upset and told his friend that he had killed his father.

The state’s motion last summer for a forensic evaluation of Licata stated that, according to members of his family, he “has a long history of mental illness, including bipolar disorder. They further state that the defendant recently appeared to be hearing voices.”

The motion continued, “In an interview with the Maine State Police, the defendant claimed, as it relates to his motive for having caused the death of his father, that ‘God’ had told him to do it.”

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