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Thursday, 08 February 2018 08:35

Jeremy Erving changes plea just before trial is to start Featured

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SKOWHEGAN - A man admitted to murdering his uncle almost two years ago in a Skowhegan courtroom Wednesday morning.

Jury selection in the murder trial of Jeremy Erving, 26, was scheduled to start Thursday. But last week, the prosecution and the defense attorney reached a plea arrangement.


Defense attorney Philip Mohlar stated "We looked at this case if it went to trial it would be a defense based on intoxication."


It was April of 2016, when Erving was arrested and charged with shooting his uncle to death at the Randy Erving's Saint Albans home.


Assistant Attorney General Bud Ellis said "It was a very unusual case, as the court pointed out. I think everyone involved was just stunned with the case."


In court Wednesday, he changed his not guilty by reason of insanity to guilty. Still, he told the judge he has no idea why he shot his then Randy Erving, in the head, while he slept


The prosecutor told the judge that Erving was intoxicated when he turned himself into Somerset County Sheriff's Deputies just hours after the shooting. The victim's daughters tearfully told the judge the loss of their father, Randy Erving, at age 52, was still painful for them.


Mohlar said "Mr. Erving, which was implied, really has no recollection of the event. He really was very intoxicated."


The judge agreed to the plea deal which included sending Jeremy Erving to the Maine State Prison for 27 years.


AAG Ellis added "The ultimate answer is we're pleased to resolve it with a murder finding and with a sentence. And for a young man, it's still a substantial sentence."


Through his attorney, Erving apologized to his uncle's family. Mohlar stated "Jeremy's been wanting to take responsibility for it. Even though he doesn't clearly remember what happened. He knows he's responsible for his uncle's death."


Sheriff's deputies will soon transport Jeremy Erving to the Maine State Prison in warren where he'll spend the next 27 years.