October 17, 2018
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Trial witness says he lied to police about teen’s 1989 death

Gregory Rec | Pool | Portland Press Herald
Gregory Rec | Pool | Portland Press Herald
Anthony Sanborn, left, waits with his attorneys for the start of his post-conviction review at the Cumberland County Courthouse in Portland on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. Sanborn was released on bail earlier this year after serving 27 years in prison for the 1989 murder of Jessica Briggs when a key witness for the prosecution recanted her testimony from that trial.

PORTLAND, Maine — A key witness says he lied during the 1992 trial of a man who spent 27 years in prison in Maine for a murder conviction in the killing of his teenage girlfriend.

The Portland Press Herald reports Glenn Brown told the court Tuesday he lied when he testified he saw Tony Sanborn with a knife the night before the killing looking for 16-year-old victim Jessica Briggs. Brown says he lied because he was nervous about the police and jail.

[ Here’s what you need to know about the Sanborn case]

Justice Joyce Wheeler had told Brown he could face perjury charges if he recanted.

Sanborn was 16 at the time of Briggs’ death in 1989 and was convicted of killing her in 1992. He recently was freed on bail after another key witness recanted, and his case is getting a new look.


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