No release for Maine man doing 60 in grandfather’s death

Posted June 28, 2010, at 9:43 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A 47-year-old Maine man serving a 60-year prison sentence for drowning his grandfather in a bathtub is going to ask the governor to commute his sentence so he can be freed.

Jeffrey L. Libby has been in prison for 24 years following his murder conviction in the 1986 drowning death of his grandfather Percy Libby in a Winslow bathtub.

The Portland Press Herald says Libby’s attorney Walter McKee filed a petition asking for the sentence to be commuted before half of it was served, which is usual procedure.

Libby says the sentencing judge didn’t take into account that he had been molested by a Catholic priest, which affected his judgment.

His initial petition was denied. His next step is to go to the governor.

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