It’s 40 years in prison for convicted murderer George Jaime. The former Presque Isle pawn shop owner was sentenced on Friday in Houlton Superior Court.
“I’m not responsible for this murder. I’m not a murderer, and I want to put that on the record,” said Jaime in court today.
Jaime swears he didn’t do it. He spoke these words just moments before Justice Robert Murray told him that he would almost certainly be spending the rest of his life behind bars for the murder of Starlette Vining. The 76-year-old was found guilty last month of stabbing and beating a then 39-year-old Vining to death in a drunken rage back in the fall of 1998. Justice Murray read aloud statements of impact from Vining’s family members, one from Vining’s daughter, said she misses her mother every moment of the day.
Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson described Jaime’s actions as “extreme cruelty” with no motive.
“Starlet Vining is dead. She was dead yesterday, she was dead last month, she is always going to be dead,” he said in court.
Benson asked the judge for a longer sentence of 55 years for Jaime citing a number of reasons including the suffering of Starlett Vining at the time of her death and Jaime’s refusal to accept responsibility for his actions. Benson had no comment afterwards. Defense attorney Jeff Silverstein did not make a sentence recommendation.
“I can’t say that we’re pleased because we’re not pleased with the verdict which generated the sentencing range,” says Silverstein.
In his statement, George Jaime also said he plans to file for an appeal. Silverstein says the appeal process takes about 9 months.