Court News

Justin Pillsbury

‘Green-eyed monster’ grabs court’s attention as convicted killers seek new trials

By Judy Harrison on April 14, 2017, at 5:45 p.m.
Justin Pillsbury’s attorney argued that Assistant Attorney General Donald Macomber’s reference to a “green-eyed monster” that was “uncaged” prejudiced the jury and amounted to prosecutorial misconduct.
Zachary Greene

Lisbon man sentenced for fatal June 2016 hit-and-run

By Beth Brogan on April 14, 2017, at 5:19 p.m.
Zachary Greene was sentenced Friday to five years in prison with all but nine months and one day suspended, according to Lisbon Police Chief Marc Hagan.
Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez was found not guilty Friday in the 2012 double murder of two Boston men.

Ex-Patriots star Aaron Hernandez found not guilty in 2012 double murder

By Scott Malone, Reuters on April 14, 2017, at 3:44 p.m.
A Boston jury on Friday found former New England Patriots football star Aaron Hernandez not guilty of murdering two men outside a Boston nightclub in 2012.
John Andretta Jr.

Maine man sentenced to 4 years for role in bringing deadly heroin to state

By J.W. Oliver on April 14, 2017, at 3:02 p.m.
The arrest was the third in connection with the fatal overdose of a Wiscasset man on Aug. 12, 2016.
The house at 28 College Street in Brunswick.

Bowdoin wins legal fight to buy home where owner says ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ was written

By Beth Brogan on April 14, 2017, at 8:01 a.m.

Man doing 45 years for grocery store stabbing accuses relative of sex abuse

By Judy Harrison on April 14, 2017, at 6:30 a.m.
The killer who slayed a Bangor grocery store worker in 1992 who tried to stop him from shoplifting a six-pack of beer has accused a man of sexually assaulting him decades ago.
Anthony Sanborn Jr. listens in a Portland courtroom as the key witness in his 1990 murder trial recants the testimony that helped send him to prison.

Maine man released on bail after spending 25 years in prison for murder

By Jake Bleiberg on April 13, 2017, at 12:06 p.m.
A Cumberland County Court judge decided to grant a $25,000 bail on Thursday after a key witness at Anthony Sanborn Jr.’s 1992 trial recanted her earlier testimony in a packed courtroom.

Deadline to apply for Provigil settlement extended

on April 13, 2017, at 11:19 a.m.
The deadline for Maine residents purchased the drug Provigil or the generic version, modafinil, to file claims in a $35 million settlement has been extended to June 25.

Enfield man to serve 26 months for bilking clients out of $17,665

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 12, 2017, at 4:58 p.m.
“I know I have done wrong. I’ve admitted it, that I have done wrong, and that I owe these people money.”
Burton "Ben" Hagar pleaded not guilty in the 1979 death of his infant son.

Father pleads not guilty to killing infant son in 38-year-old cold case

By Beth Brogan on April 12, 2017, at 2:24 p.m.
Burton “Ben” Hagar, 62, now of Farmington — who was charged Friday with killing his infant son in 1979 — pleaded not guilty during his first appearance in court on Wednesday.
Attorney Walter McKee, left, and his clients former South Thomaston Fire Chief Wayne Brown, center, and former firefighter Colin Grierson, await the start of a civil trial brought by the town against Brown and Grierson in an October 2016 photo.

Former South Thomaston fire chief returns missing $15K

By Alex Acquisto on April 12, 2017, at 2:20 p.m.
“Wayne and Colin did not necessarily agree with the (judge’s) decision, but they will certainly honor it,” McKee said.
Elizabeth Ellis stands near her attorney, Aaron Frey of Bangor, during her sentencing at Penobscot Judicial Center on Tuesday.

Virginia woman sentenced for random stabbings at Bangor Mall

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 11, 2017, at 7:28 p.m.
Ellis spoke in a clear, calm voice as she apologized briefly to the women she stabbed.
Trevor Tompkins

Ashland man indicted in connection with drug death

By Dawn Gagnon on April 09, 2017, at 11:06 a.m.
Trevor Tompkins is charged with aggravated unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs resulting in death.

Playwright’s lawsuit against Dr. Seuss company is narrowed

By Jonathan Stempel, Reuters on April 08, 2017, at 1:18 p.m.
A federal judge Friday dismissed part of a playwright’s lawsuit against the owner of copyrights to Dr. Seuss’ works, after it objected to how his new play might have infringed the classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”
Nicholas Sexton at his 2014 trial.

Maine’s high court rejects man’s appeal in Bangor triple murder case

By Judy Harrison on April 07, 2017, at 5:25 p.m.
Nicholas Sexton, 36, was found guilty by a Penobscot County jury in May 2014 of murder in the death of Nicolle Lugdon, 24, of Eddington and of arson in August 2012 in Bangor.
Walter Botelho, 52, of Brewer.

Brewer felon with ‘chilling’ criminal history gets more prison time

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 06, 2017, at 7:21 p.m.
Walter Botelho, 52, of Brewer, was caught with the weapons on May 2, 2016. Two months later, he was indicted on a charge of aggravated operation of a meth lab.
Jeremy Erving

St. Albans man accused of killing uncle claims insanity defense

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 06, 2017, at 2:39 p.m.
Jeremy Erving, 25, told police that his uncle, Randy Erving, 53, was his best friend and that he didn’t know why he shot him.
Chelsea Larrabee

Teen gets 3 years in prison for car accident that killed passenger

By Nick McCrea on April 06, 2017, at 1:36 p.m.
A 19-year-old woman will spend three years in prison after a high-speed car crash that killed her friend.
The family of Jayden Cho-Sargent.

Driver who allegedly hit, killed boy in crosswalk says she’s not at fault

By CBS 13 on April 05, 2017, at 4:41 p.m.
The mother of a 13-year-old boy who was hit and killed in a crosswalk in Lewiston blames the driver for her son’s death.

Acton woman, 45, indicted on murder charge for husband’s death

By Tammy Wells, Journal Tribune on April 05, 2017, at 1:48 p.m.
Kandee Weyland has been formally charged with murder in connection with the stabbing death of her husband, Scott Weyland, in February.