Superior Court Justice Ann Murray found Fournier guilty of murder in February 2018 following a jury-waived trial at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.
From the time of her daughter’s murder, Pamela McLain prodded police to keep investigating, raised money to have her daughter’s body exhumed and worked with other parents of slain children.
McLain said Thursday that she was relieved by the court’s decision.
“It just confirmed that the court did the best they could do and they did it the right way,” she said. “They covered all sides correctly, if I read [the decision] correctly.
“Anything that he thought was wrong, they affirmed was done completely,” she added, referring to the arguments Fournier made in his appeal.
McLain said that she has spent the last year doing the one thing the murder and her activism never really allowed her to do: grieving.
“I will [eventually] continue with the parents who are like myself, but it had been 38 years, and with it solved after 38 years, I never had time to go through a grieving process like a normal mother with the loss of a deceased child,” she said. “Mine was murdered, so needless to say through this past year I have gone through a grieving process. I don’t know how long that will take.”