PARIS — A superior court justice sentenced Duane Waterman, 33 of Sumner, to two concurrent life sentences Thursday during a hearing at the Oxford County Superior Court.

Waterman was found guilty by a jury in June for killing two men in July 2008.

Timothy Mayberry, 50, of West Paris and Todd Smith, 43, of Paris were shot to death at Mayberry’s Tuelltown Road home on the evening of July 25.

 Four relatives from each of Mayberry and Smith’s families spoke in support of Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson’s recommendation that Waterman be sentenced to life in prison. Defense lawyer John Jenness Jr. recommended a term of 40 years in prison. Waterman’s grandmother also spoke on his behalf, and a letter from his mother was read to the court.

Justice Roland Cole agreed with Benson that a life sentence was appropriate based on Benson’s arguments that Mayberry’s murder was premeditated and that Waterman intended to kill Smith when he found him at the property.

Cole also denied Jenness’s motion that Waterman be acquitted or given a new trial. Jenness said he will appeal both the conviction and the sentencing.


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