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Man convicted in Aroostook County killing sentenced to 35 years for second time

Published: Dec. 1, 2021 at 11:21 AM EST
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AUBURN, Maine (WABI) - UPDATE: A Massachusetts man who was convicted of a drug-related killing in Aroostook County was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison, for the second time.

It comes after a rare retrial of a murder case.

Marcus Asante was initially sentenced in 2019 to 35 years for the shooting death of Douglas Morin Jr. in Sherman.

But his conviction was overturned last year.

The state supreme court ruled that a judge made a mistake in instructions to the jurors.

The murder conviction was the first to be set aside in Maine in more than 10 years.

Asante testified that he fired in self-defense during a drug deal gone wrong.

ORIGINAL STORY: (AP) - A Massachusetts man who was convicted of a drug-related killing in a rare retrial of a murder case in Maine faces sentencing.

Marcus Asante, of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, was initially sentenced to 35 years stemming from the shooting death of Douglas Morin Jr. in Sherman.

His conviction was overturned in 2020.

The state supreme court ruled that a judge made a mistake in instructions to the jurors.

The murder conviction is the first to be set aside in Maine in more than 10 years.

Asante was later convicted a second time and faces sentencing on Wednesday.

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