Carine Reeves sentenced to 48 years for murdering Sally Shaw
Reeves was found guilty in October 2020
BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - A New York man will spend 48 years in prison for murdering a woman in Cherryfield more than three years ago.
A judge handed down the sentence to Carine Reeves, 40, over Zoom Tuesday morning.
This past October, a jury found Reeves guilty in the death of Sally Shaw, 55. She was found shot in the head on the side of the road in July of 2017.
The state had asked for a 50-year sentence. Reeves’ attorney argued for 35.
Members of Shaw’s family gave victim impact statements during sentencing.
“There are no words to properly describe how I felt,” Shaw’s niece told the judge. “I could say heartbroken, angry, or grief stricken, but these words just don’t feel strong enough.”
“I sometimes just sit and think about it all,” said Shaw’s grandson, speaking on behalf of his mother, Shaw’s daughter. “Think about how amazing she was, her laughter, her spirit, and her fire. My mother, Sally Ann Shaw, was one of the best people to ever walk this earth and was taken way before her time.”
Against the advice of his attorney, Reeves also spoke.
“I sat here this whole time, throughout the trial, throughout everything doing with this case, allowing myself to be jumped by the prosecution and even my own attorney,” Reeves said “And I didn’t throw not one punch back, but them days are over. I’m gonna fight for my life. I apologize that her family has to go through the things they’re going through, but again, their anger is misdirected.”
The judge said he took multiple factors into consideration when determining the sentence, including the relationship between Reeves and Shaw as well as the use of a firearm and Reeves’ past criminal history.
Reeves’ attorney said he plans to appeal the conviction.
Reeves already asked for a new trial in January, arguing racial bias. It was denied.
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