BANGOR – Jessee Mackin of Millinocket will spend five and a half years in prison for the death of his then girlfriend’s 6-month-old son, Larry Lord.
“Jessee Mackin is a gentle giant,” said Defense Attorney Stephen Smith. “I’m very disappointed in the verdict.”
Lord’s grandmother, Noel Corder, said, “Larry will never be back and I never got to get to know my grandson and see him grow up.”
According to the medical examiner’s office, Larry Lord died on May 7, 2015 from a skull fracture.
“The force was extreme in that it fractured baby Larry’s head in a way that our expert had not seen before,” said Assistant Attorney General Leanna Robbin.
When deciding Mackin’s sentence, Superior Court Justice William Anderson said he was taking Larry’s injury, age and that this was a one-time act of violence into consideration.
Lord’s family took to the stand before the court on Friday morning, as well as friends and family of Mackin.
A family friend to Mackin said five and a half years were too many, while others are saying the sentence wasn’t enough.
“Obviously we’re extremely disappointed by what we heard. We were shocked at the initial verdict. Even more shocked and appalled at the sentencing,” said Denise DeVoe, a family friend.
“All I can say is we’ve just begun to fight,” she said.
DeVoe said she believed Larry’s mother, Jamie Clark’s, statement was edited.
Clark said she didn’t want to chastise anyone.
Smith said he plans to appeal the sentence. Larry’s grandmother said she wants justice for Larry.
“My client has been on bail problem-free for literal years,” Smith said.
“We feel he should’ve been allowed to go home while the appeal goes through the courts,” he said.
“To tell you the truth I would’ve been a lot happier knowing it was at least 11 years. Instead, the shortest sentence is what he got,” said Corder. “But nothing would never have been enough for what he did.”