ROCKLAND, Maine — A Maine State Prison inmate serving a 40-year sentence for raping and then slitting the throat of a 76-year-old woman was given another 21 days after he admitted exposing himself to a fellow prisoner.
Kerry Gray, 50, pleaded guilty Monday in Knox County Superior Court to one count of indecent conduct. He entered his plea as jury selection was set to begin in his trial on that charge.
The incident occurred Oct. 10 at the Maine State Prison in Warren.
Gray was convicted in 2005 of gross sexual assault, attempted murder and arson. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the offenses, which occurred in Livermore Falls.
Testimony was provided at that trial that Gray suffered brain damage from repeated head trauma, including from a car accident more than 20 years ago.
Gray’s attorney for the indecent conduct charge, Jonathan Handelman, questioned Monday whether it was a wise use of state resources to prosecute Gray on the new charge since he already is serving 40 years in prison.
District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau said that the case was forwarded to his department by the Maine Department of Corrections and that if the agency considered it important enough to send to his office, it was his office’s responsibility to prosecute.
Rushlau added that such behavior can be disruptive in a prison setting. If illegal conduct by prisoners serving lengthy or even life sentences were not prosecuted then the inmates would end up running the facility, he said.
A spokesperson for the Maine Department of Corrections could not be reached for comment Monday evening.