Anson man sentenced to 45 years in murder over pills

Posted March 05, 2013, at 5:28 p.m.

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — An Anson man convicted of fatally shooting a North Anson man was sentenced Tuesday in Somerset County Superior Court to 45 years in prison, according to the Maine attorney general’s office.

After a jury-waived trial in December, Superior Court Justice John Nivison found Robert Lee Nelson, 41, guilty of shooting Everett L. Cameron, 60, of North Anson to death as the victim sat in his pickup truck on Town Farm Road in North Anson on Oct. 31, 2009.

Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea recommended Nivison impose a 55-year sentence, she said before the sentencing hearing began. Defense attorney Philip Mohlar of Skowhegan urged the judge to send Nelson to prison for 25 years, Zainea said after the sentencing.

During the trial, the prosecution and defense agreed that Cameron was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2004 and had been selling 30-milligram oxycodone pills that were prescribed to him, according to a previously published report. Nelson occasionally bought pills from Cameron.

Nelson met with Cameron in order to buy more pills, according to a previously published report. Nelson had owed Cameron $35 from a previous pill purchase.

Mohlar said during the trial that Nelson left Cameron unharmed, but Zainea said Nelson shot Cameron in the head.

When he announced his verdict, Nivison said that Nelson told police, friends and family different stories about the events on the day of the murder.

Nelson faced between 25 years and life in prison.