Defendant in Lewiston man’s slaying pleads guilty to faking evidence

Posted Nov. 19, 2013, at 6:44 a.m.
Last modified Nov. 19, 2013, at 7:53 a.m.

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Justin Leary, right, looks to his client, Sebastian Moody, as he pleads guilty in Androscoggin Superior Court Monday afternoon.
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Justin Leary, right, looks to his client, Sebastian Moody, as he pleads guilty in Androscoggin Superior Court Monday afternoon.

AUBURN, Maine — A Lewiston man tied to the April slaying of Romeo Parent admitted guilt Monday to a related misdemeanor.

Sebastian Moody, 22, of 135 Bartlett St. pleaded guilty in Androscoggin County Superior Court to falsifying physical evidence, a Class D misdemeanor punishable by up to 364 days in jail.

His sentencing was to be postponed for at least six months, a judge said.

A felony charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution was dropped by prosecutors. He was released on his own recognizance.

Justice MaryGay Kennedy ordered Moody not to use or have illegal drugs and not to leave the state for more than 72 hours without contacting his attorney. He is barred from having contact with any of the other three men charged in Parent’s slaying.

In July, authorities discovered Moody was in Beverly, Mass., where he was working at a carnival. He waived extradition and was returned to Maine by Maine State Police.

An Androscoggin County grand jury indicted Moody in May on the felony charge, which was punishable by up to five years in prison. A warrant had been issued for his arrest.

As the carnival set up at a local high school in Beverly, the company turned over its employee manifest to police in compliance with the law. That’s when Moody’s name was flagged, showing an outstanding warrant.

According to an affidavit filed by Maine State Police Detective Randall Keaten, Moody implicated Michael McNaughton, 26, of Lewiston in the April 9 killing of Parent, 20, of Lewiston. Moody told a friend that McNaughton had strangled Parent with a wire cable in a wooded area in Greene and that it had taken him six tries before Parent died. Moody told his friend that Parent’s remains were in a dumpster, in a river or even out of state, according to Keaten’s affidavit.

Parent’s remains were eventually recovered in a stream in Monmouth.

Moody said another friend, William True Jr., 19, of Lewiston, was taking the fall for Parent’s killing because “he was smart like that and knew that the evidence would save him,” according to the affidavit. True was charged in the case with hindering apprehension or prosecution. He has pleaded not guilty.

Moody’s case was joined with that of McNaughton, True and Nathan Morton, 24, of Greene, who also is charged with murder in Parent’s slaying.

Monday’s hearing was originally scheduled to hear motions filed on behalf of Moody, including an effort to have Moody’s case separated from his co-defendants and that he be placed on the next trial list.

He also had sought to have his bail changed from $25,000.

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