Thursday, 21 February 2019 16:21

Court upholds Fournier murder conviction

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PORTLAND - The state's highest court has denied an appeal by Philip Scott Fournier -- the man convicted of murdering an East Millinocket teen in 1980.

Fournier, 58, of East Millinocket man was sentenced to 45 years in prison for killing 16-year-old Joyce McLain, putting an end to a cold case that had gone unsolved for more than three decades.

 

In his appeal, Fournier said that the court erred by not considering evidence regarding alternate suspects He also challenged the court's factual findings, as well as its finding that he had waived his religious privilege when he admitted to a pastor that he killed McLain.

 

The Maine Supreme Court rejected his argument, upholding his murder conviction.