March 24, 2018
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Prosecutor seeks life sentences in Maine murders

The Associated Press

PARIS, Maine — A prosecutor is asking a judge to deliver a life sentence to a Sumner man convicted of murdering two other men in western Maine in a dispute over money and drugs.

Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson said he will ask for two life sentences for 33-year-old Duane Waterman at his sentencing hearing Friday in Oxford County Superior Court in Paris.

A jury last month convicted Waterman of two counts of murder in the deaths of 50-year-old Timothy Mayberry of West Paris and 43-year-old Todd Smith of Paris, who were shot to death at Mayberry’s home in July 2008.

The Sun Journal of Lewiston said Waterman was being pressured by Mayberry to repay money lost in a botched sale of the painkiller Oxycontin. Waterman faces a sentence of 25 years to life on each count.

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