PARIS, Maine — An Oxford County Superior Court judge on Thursday sentenced Eric Hamel, 21, to 45 years in prison for his role in a 2009 double homicide in Rumford.
Hamel was the last of three sentenced in connection with the August 2009 double murder of Victor Reed Sheldon and Roger Leroy Day Jr.
In 2009, Hamel’s friend Richard A. Moulton Jr. asked him if he would kill his girlfriend’s estranged husband, Victor Reed Sheldon, and Roger Leroy Day Jr., whom Victor Sheldon was staying with, if Day was home at the time. He offered $2,000 to kill both men.
On Aug. 3, 2009, Hamel shot both men in Day’s apartment.
On the day of the murders, Moulton went to Day’s house to visit the men. Hamel went there later and shot Day and Victor Sheldon with a revolver stolen from a neighbor. Hamel said Moulton went into the bathroom before the shootings. He said he also planned to shoot Moulton, but not fatally, to make it appear he wasn’t involved, but Moulton told him to run instead.
Hamel told police he buried the gun off Oak Street, and later led Maine State Police detectives to the site. The detectives found the gun, shell casings and fragments from gloves Hamel said he was wearing at the time of the shooting.
Moulton told police that Sheldon’s estranged wife, Gayla Sheldon, planned the murders as retribution for an alleged domestic assault and out of fear that Victor Sheldon would get custody of their children. On the day Sheldon was killed, the domestic violence assault charge was dismissed.
Hamel told police that he and Moulton had met with Gayla Sheldon multiple times to plan the murders.
Last year, Moulton and Hamel pleaded guilty to the double murders in plea deals, each agreeing to testify against any co-defendants in “any cases related to the deaths” of the victims, according to court records. In exchange, the Attorney General’s office agreed to cap Moulton’s sentence to 40 years and Hamel’s to 50.
Hamel and Moulton testified against Gayla Sheldon, who was arrested in December 2010 and charged with conspiracy to commit murder, criminal solicitation and hindering apprehension of suspects immediately after the murders.
On July 29, 2011, Gayla Sheldon pleaded guilty to to criminal conspiracy and criminal solicitation. She was sentenced to 25 years with all but 15 years suspended.
On Aug. 22, Moulton was sentenced to 40 years in prison for two charges of murder.
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