MACHIAS, Maine — A local man who served six years in prison as a result of a fatal accident in New Jersey was sentenced Tuesday to serve an additional year behind bars for another drunken driving arrest in Maine.
According to a 2004 news article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Murray Heimann was 23 years old in October 2000 when he drove his car into a motorcycle in Pemberton Township, killing the rider instantly. The motorcyclist was Alan Fulton, 42, a Pemberton Township resident who had served in the Air Force and drove trucks for a living, the article indicated.
Heimann, according to the article, was “nearly three times beyond the legal driving limit” for blood-alcohol content when the accident occurred. He had been arrested for drunk driving two weeks before the fatal collision, the Inquirer reported.
Now 35 years old, Heimann was in a Machias courtroom on Tuesday to be sentenced for another drunk driving incident in September 2012 in Machiasport. His defense attorney, Jeffrey Davidson of Machias, said that Heimann was pulled over by a Maine State Police trooper on Cutler Road after someone contacted police to tell them Heimann had been drinking.
On Tuesday, Heimann received an overall sentence of five years behind bars with all but one year suspended. He will have to serve three years probation upon his release, at which time he is expected to get substance abuse treatment and counseling to refrain from possessing or using alcohol or drugs, according to attorneys involved in the case. He also was ordered to pay a $2,100 fine and had his driver’s license suspended for 10 years.
Washington County District Attorney Carletta “Dee” Bassano, who handled Heimann’s sentencing, was unavailable for comment Tuesday.
Heimann’s attorney said the severity of the sentence can be attributed to the fatal accident in New Jersey 13 years ago. Aside from the 2000 incident, Heimann has no prior criminal history, Davidson said.
“If he did not have a prior history, he probably would have been sentenced to 48 hours,” the defense attorney said.
Davidson said that following his latest arrest, Heimann has taken responsibility for his actions. He has applied to be accepted in drug court while in jail, where he has been since February, when he entered his guilty plea.
“He’s a decent guy, but he’s an alcoholic,” Davidson said. “Hopefully, he’ll be able to [get the help he needs].”