BANGOR — Members of the defense team for convicted murderer F Daly were not happy with the 42-year sentence given to him but they were happy the judge didn’t go with the higher sentence the state recommended.
“We think this should have been under 40 years per sentence but the judge didn’t impose what the state asked for either,” said Robert Van Horn, the Ellsworth attorney representing Daly.
Daly, whose nickname is Frank, was convicted of shooting Israel “Izzy” Lewis on Jan. 7, 2018 in his room at a boarding house on Second Street.
“Without motive or justification, the defendant killed him despite Izzy begging for his life,” said Assistant Attorney General Lisa Bogue, who prosecuted the case with Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea.
Lewis’s girlfriend, Heather Knight, discovered his body three days after his death when he didn’t answer the door and she looked into his room from a front window.
“I’m so grateful that on the morning of January 7th I had breakfast with Izzy. I got to give him a big hug and tell him I loved him,” she said during Daly’s sentencing. “I will never forget January 10th, when I looked through Isreal’s window and I saw him lying on the floor. This is when the nightmare began.”
Evidence presented during Daly’s trial showed he confessed to his girlfriend and was seen by her washing a 9mm handgun in bleach and hiding the gun in the ceiling of the Ohio Street apartment they shared. That gun was found by the police.
Daly was originally scheduled to be sencenced in January, but he requested new attorneys, delaying the process.
Daly told Justice Ann Murray, who presided over the trial and sentencing, that he didn’t do it.
“At the end of the day, I understand a man was killed. I did not kill this man,” he said.
Van Horn said he has already spoken to Daly about his intention to file an appeal.
Lewis’ son and three brothers also spoke during the hearing via video conferencing.
“We’re pleased with the sentence and the family members, unfortunately, lived out of state and so they also wanted to say justice had been done today and they were pleased with the results,” Bogue said.