Supreme Judicial Court upholds judgment in Augusta man’s theft conviction

Posted July 10, 2014, at 9:58 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Thursday the judgment by the trial court finding an Augusta man guilty of theft by unauthorized taking.

At issue was whether statements Karl V. Kittredge was in custody when two Maine State Police troopers interviewed him in the office of his probation officer in August of 2012 and whether the statements he made during that interview were made voluntarily.

Kittredge was convicted of theft after a two-day jury trial in Kennebec County Superior Court in August of 2013, according to the opinion issued on Thursday. Kittredge appeal the decision.

Through his attorney, Thomas Carey of Vienna, Kittredge contended he was in police custody and said the statements should have been suppressed. If they had been, there would have been insufficient evidence to convict him, he claimed.

The law court disagreed, noting it “determined that Kittredge spoke voluntarily and that Miranda warnings were not required because he was not in custody. Accordingly, the court denied Kittredges’ motion to suppress.”