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Lawyerless Defendant Gets Seven Years for Robbery

| May 20, 2014

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – A judge ruled a Maine man who was stripped of his right to a court-appointed lawyer before being convicted of robbery will serve seven years in jail.

Justice Thomas Warren on Tuesday sentenced Joshua Nisbet of Scarborough to a 14-year sentence, half of which will be suspended.

Nisbet had two lawyers represent him at sentencing at the Cumberland County Courthouse. He also received four years’ probation and mandatory drug counseling.

Nisbet was convicted earlier this month of robbing a convenience store at knifepoint. He’d been in jail since 2011 while awaiting trial.

Warren ruled Nisbet “forfeited” his right to a lawyer after he went through five court-appointed attorneys while awaiting trial. All five had asked to be removed from the case.

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