Man to be sentenced for 1983 murder in Maine

Posted Aug. 02, 2009, at 1:57 p.m.

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A prosecutor will ask for a life sentence Monday for a man convicted of killing a Fayette, Maine, woman in her home 26 years ago.

Thomas Mitchell Jr., was accused of sexually assaulting and stabbing Judith Flagg in January 1983. He was charged with the murder in 2006 after testing on old evidence revealed the presence of his DNA and was convicted in June.

At the time of his arrest, Mitchell was completing prison sentences for kidnapping, sexual assault and attempted murder. His lawyer told the Kennebec Journal that Mitchell maintains his innocence and will appeal the murder conviction.