Courts and Crime

Maine Woman Sentenced To 50 Years For Killing 4-Year-Old

Jun 25, 2019
Beth Brogan / Bangor Daily News

WISCASSET, Maine — Superior Court Justice William Stokes sentenced Shawna Gatto to 50 years for the murder of 4-year-old Kendall Chick.

After a week-long trial in April, Stokes found Gatto guilty of depraved indifference murder.

Chick was the granddaughter of Gatto’s fiance, Stephen Hood. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services removed Chick from her mother’s custody and placed her with Gatto and Hood three years before her death on Dec. 8, 2017.

Julie Pike / Maine Public

A week after his trial began, John Williams has been found guilty in the murder of Somerset County Sheriff's Deputy Eugene Cole.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A hearing is set to determine whether one of three teens charged in the strangling and stabbing a Maine woman should be tried as an adult.

PORTLAND, Maine - Jurors have begun deliberations in the murder trial of a Maine man who's accused of placing a gun to the neck of a sheriff's deputy and pulling the trigger.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine - The trial of a Maine man who's accused of killing a sheriff's deputy by pressing a gun to his neck and pulling the trigger has been delayed.

A Maine man accused of raping and strangling an 11-year-old girl in 1986 is being brought back to Connecticut to face murder and kidnapping charges.

Associated Press / Penobscot Sheriff's Office via Norwalk Police Department.

NORWALK, Conn. - Police in Maine have arrested a man in connection with the 1986 rape and killing of an 11-year-old girl in Connecticut.

Alex Brandon / Associated Press/file

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - A spokeswoman for the national prosecutor's office in the Dominican Republic says a second person has been arrested in the investigation into the shooting of former Red Sox star David Ortiz. There is no public indication the man is the suspected shooter.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

An unusual civil trial is underway this week in Kennebec County Superior Court, in a case brought by a Maine State prison inmate against the Department of Corrections.

WISCASSET, Maine - A Maine man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for causing a fatal crash while under the influence of methamphetamine and THC, the active ingredient of cannabis.

Shawn Patrick Ouellette / Portland Press Herald/via AP pool

The highly publicized trial of the man accused of killing Somerset County Cpl. Eugene Cole began Monday morning in Cumberland County Superior Court.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

The trial for the man accused of killing Somerset County Cpl. Eugene Cole last April is underway in Cumberland County Superior Court.

PORTLAND, Maine - Portland police say a woman who left a suspicious package in the police station lobby has been charged with terrorizing.

Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public/file

Trials for the mother and stepfather accused of murder in the abuse death of 10-year old Marissa Kennedy will be held separately.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public/file

A juvenile defense attorney says Long Creek Youth Development Center is holding a 13-year-old boy unlawfully. Defense Attorney Sarah Branch argued in court Thursday that her client should no longer be held at the institution.