BELFAST – A Morrill man will spend nearly three decades behind bars after accepting responsibility for the 2019 murder of a Belfast man.
Friday, a judge sentenced 24-year-old Austin McDevitt of Morrill to 29 years in prison.
Last week, McDevitt pleaded guilty to murdering Shane Sauer of Belfast in march of last year.
Prosecutors say the two were involved with the same woman, which led to the deadly confrontation in Swanville.
“I’d just like to say to the Sauer’s family that I‘m very sorry this all happened. If I could take this back, I would,” McDevitt said at his sentencing. “And I would like to say to my friends and family that have supported me, thank you for everything and I love you very much.”
“The numbers are very difficult for families to hear, because it certainly isn’t meant to represent the life of their loved one,” Assistant Attorney General Lisa Bogue said of the reaction to the 29-year sentence.
“We always pride ourselves on having a good relationship with our victim families and I think they were understanding and they trust us to weigh the risk and potential outcomes. But, I think they were reflecting that they obviously were not necessarily happy with the number, but they understood the process,” Bogue said.
Those in the courtroom, including McDevitt’s family and members of the victim’s family, were emotional during the sentencing.