Couple moves back to Maine to be near son serving 45 years for murder

Posted Aug. 06, 2012, at 11:52 a.m.
Last modified Aug. 06, 2012, at 12:13 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The parents of a Maine man serving a 45-year prison sentence for murder say they plan on moving back to the state they left almost a quarter century ago so they can be closer to their son.

Stephen and Ann Bathgate used to live in Vassalboro, but moved to New Port Richey, Fla., in 1988.

They told the Kennebec Journal they have put in a bid on a home in Freedom. They made up their mind to move after spending this summer in Maine and making twice-weekly visits to the state prison in Warren to see their son, Peter George Bathgate.

Their son pleaded guilty in January to killing to 47-year-old Paul Allen in December 2010. Prosecutors say Bathgate was angry that Allen and his girlfriend had flirted.