Man pleaded guilty in new trial over drug debt killing
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine man whose murder trial ended in a hung jury has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in connection with the death, which involved a drug money dispute.
The Kennebec Journal reports 26-year-old Timothy Danforth of Jay entered the guilty plea to the manslaughter charge on Monday. His case had been moved to Kennebec County after a mistrial was declared in Franklin County.
Police charged Danforth with killing 24-year-old Michael Reis of New Sharon in June 2016 with a shotgun. He has been free on bail since early December of that year.
Danforth’s attorneys argued at trial that the shooting was in self-defense, and defense of property and others.
Danforth’s scheduled for an April 18 sentencing. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.