Auburn man claims lawyer not effective

AUBURN — A local man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2007
death of his girlfriend's baby is claiming his lawyer was ineffective.

Todd Gamache, 25, had been charged with murder, but pleaded last
year to the lesser crime. A judge in April 2008 sentenced Gamache to 18
years in prison, with four of those years suspended.

Gamache's new lawyer met with a judge and a prosecutor at
Androscoggin County Superior Court on Wednesday to discuss his petition
for a hearing to review his conviction and his legal assistance during
the case. The judge agreed and a hearing was set for Dec. 22.

Emmy-Leigh Cole was 8 months old when she was alone with Gamache who
was babysitting the child for his girlfriend. Gamache said he dropped
the baby after giving her a bath. He changed his story to police
several times, a prosecutor said. A grand jury handed up a murder
indictment, which was dismissed after he pleaded guilty to
manslaughter.     

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Denisa Laflamme's picture

Hey Lucille, I have a

Hey Lucille, I have a question for you? Why in hell would you get on here and defend a murderer????? You obviously do not have a clue and you obviously didnt sit in the court room during his bail hearings or his sentencing hearing because if you did....you wouldnt type the shit your typing. I do have a personal connection to Princess Emmy.....and I was there through it all with her mother and her grandparents and everyone else that loves and misses Emmy Leigh. Facts are facts....He was alone with Emmy for 40 minutes she was fine when she left with him to go home and she was not fine when her mother got there.....Todd does not deserve to have a special hearing nor does he deserve to have less time. Todd deserves to have many more years added to his sentence actually he deserves to never get out of prison for what he did.....an eye for an eye....so Lucille while you sit on your soap box and claim he doesnt deserve to be there...explain to Emmy's family and loved ones why he doesnt....cause you cant ever justify that thought to any of us. There is NOTHING ELSE to bring to the table that would change any of our thoughts....HE MURDERED AN 8 MONTH OLD BABY......

Tira Cottrell's picture

His lawyer which is public

His lawyer which is public record was David Van Dyke. However, the lawyer did his job. Without that plea of manslaughter, he would have been guilty of murder and spend the rest of his life in prison. This lawyer did this scum bag a favor in getting him 14 years. It is not the lawyers fault that this scum murdered an innocent 8-month old baby.

Libby St Pierre's picture

Medical evidence, is medical

Medical evidence, is medical evidence, a bad or GOOD lawyer can't defend that.

 's picture

So what if they have a

So what if they have a connection?! I don't, and I think the scum bag should suffer for what he did to that baby. He was the one that plead GUILTY - he admitted it. Get over it & do your time. Have fun visiting the loser in prison.

Tira Cottrell's picture

What about you Lucille? Do

What about you Lucille? Do you have a connection to this murderer? You are in just as much denial as he is! HE plead guilty. In EVERY trial when you plead guilty or innocent, the jusge asks "Are you making this decision of YOUR own free will?" He will have to answer to God for what he did and you will also. I hope you BOTH rot in hell along with anyone else that is dilusional enough to think this MURDERER is innocent!

Heather Costa's picture

Yup your right it doesn't

Yup your right it doesn't make a difference. That peice of trash still killed a child regardless of who the attorney was. "His attorney didnt bring things to the table that will change all of your thoughts" Unless the attorney could have proven someone else was there and did it then there is nothing to change our minds. The baby is dead........kinda like your brain.

Heather Costa's picture

I agree

I agree

John Rutter's picture

good comments

good comments

Denisa Laflamme's picture

This has nothing to do with

This has nothing to do with his lawyer being inaffective, this has everything to do with Todd murdered Emmy Leigh MaryRose Cole. That SIMPLE.....He knew what he was doing when he pleaded guilty to manslaughter versus being tried for murder. He deserves so much more than what he got and he should be thankful that he only got the 14 years in prison, He isnt even in the warren state prison right now...His loser ass is sitting in the windham country club. GO FIGURE. Todd murdered this baby and thinks he should get away with it.....this makes no sense to me or to anyone else who loves and misses Emmy Leigh. Todd took away the right for us all to watch Emmy Leigh grow up and see all her firsts, and he thinks he got to much time....who the hell does he think he is? He should be dead for what he did to Emmy Leigh. Justice was NOT served when he only got 14 years. Todd someday you will get yours....and that day cant come soon enough for me. You took the life of an innocent baby and couldnt even tell the truth about it. You are scum without a conscience because if you had one you wouldnt be doing this. You would accept your sentence and be done with it. I dont think I have ever hated anyone as much as I hate you for taking my neice from me and taking her from her mommy and her sisters and from her grandparents and everyone else who loved her. YOU are a sick individual who doesnt deserve to ever get out of prison..... BTW he didnt give Emmy a bath.....he lied about that as well....we all know what he did to her...and it was no accident.....

Tira Cottrell's picture

Denisa & Family, I am so

Denisa & Family, I am so sorry that you have had to go through such a horrible thing and are now being victimized again because of this piece of scum! I remember this when it happened and cried then for your loss. Please know that the power of prayer is strong and I am praying that the judge will not be "dazzled" by this trick. He got off way too easy in the first place. He should be thankful he only got 14 years and not life! RIP Emmy Leigh

Denisa Laflamme's picture

Thank you Former Maine-iac.

Thank you Former Maine-iac.

Libby St Pierre's picture

His lawyer wasnt

His lawyer wasnt ineffective. Mr Gamache is doing ANYTHING to get out of his punishment. The facts are facts in this case, and thats something you can't change!

RAYMOND FRECHETTE's picture

I agree with Ginger1. This

I agree with Ginger1. This must be public information and SJ owes it to its readers to publish the facts. Time will tell if the lawyer was in wrong, but the red flag should go up to warn others.

Tira Cottrell's picture

His attorney was David Van

His attorney was David Van Dyke.

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