AUBURN — A local man was charged Tuesday with murder in the July shooting of a Massachusetts man.

Mark J. Sinclair Androscoggin County Jail

An Androscoggin County grand jury handed up an indictment against Mark J. Sinclair, 28, on one count of intentional or knowing murder.

If convicted, Sinclair could be sentenced to prison for 25 years to life.

He is being held at Androscoggin County Jail without bail.

Sinclair is charged with causing the death of John Paquin, 20, of Worcester, Massachusetts, on Sunday, July 17.

Court documents that provide details of the incident have been impounded by a judge.


Maine Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Shannon Moss has said that local police were dispatched shortly after 4 p.m. July 17 to 30 Howe St. for a report of gunshots.

At the scene, officers found Paquin suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

He was taken to Central Maine Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, she said.

Lewiston police restrict access July 18 to a Howe Street residence where a man was fatally shot. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

The lower section of Howe Street was blocked off for several hours while Lewiston Police officers, Maine State Police detectives and evidence technicians processed the scene and conducted interviews.

About 1:30 a.m. July 18, a search warrant was served at Sinclair’s home.

About 12:20 p.m. that day, the Maine Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on Paquin and ruled his death a homicide, Moss said.

Comments are not available on this story.