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Man Sentenced for Killing His Dealer

| February 25, 2014

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ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) – A Maine man convicted of killing his drug supplier for cutting him off has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.

Andrew Kierstead, who was sentenced Tuesday, was convicted of murder in the September 2012 shotgun killing of Richard Mills outside Mills’ home in Cushing.

Prosecutors say the 41-year-old Kierstead told them he shot Mills because Mills had hooked him on drugs but then shut him off for not paying a drug debt.

Kierstead’s lawyer argued a manslaughter charge was more appropriate, saying his client was too intoxicated and suffering from opiate addiction withdrawal to have known what he was doing.

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