Vassalboro man sentenced to 32 years in prison for November murder of family friend

Courtney Shea
Kennebec County Jail
Courtney Shea
Posted July 14, 2014, at 4:35 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Vassalboro man was sentenced Monday in Kennebec County Superior Court to 32 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder, according to the Maine Attorney General’s Office.

Courtney Shea, 31, admitted that he stabbed to death Thomas Namer, 69, of Vassalboro on Nov. 21. Namer’s body was discovered the next day near an abandoned motor home on Route 201 in Vassalboro.

Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy accepted the joint sentencing recommendation, Deputy Attorney General William Stokes, who prosecuted the case, said in a telephone interview after the sentencing.

Efforts to reach defense attorney Brad Grant of Waterville were unsuccessful Monday afternoon.

Shea and Namer and their families had known each other for years, Stokes said.

Namer’s family “was fine with the sentence,” he said.

The prosecutor said that although Shea claimed that he killed Namer during a blackout after the victim allegedly touched his genitals and made a sexual advance, “we found no evidence of that.”

“When Mr. Shea drinks, he gets into trouble,” Stokes said. “All of his criminal conduct was fueled by alcohol.”

Shea’s previous convictions include arson, robbery, burglary and theft, he said.

On the murder charge, Shea faced between 25 years and life in prison. He had been held without bail since his arrest on Nov. 24.

 

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