Houlton man who brutally beat, stabbed man appeals murder case to high court

HOULTON, Maine (WABI) - A man from Houlton who's serving 65 years in prison for killing a local man is appealing to Maine's highest court.

22-year-old Reginald Dobbins was sentenced in October of last year after a jury found him guilty of murder.

His lawyers are arguing his case before the Maine Supreme Court Wednesday.

They say the trial court made a mistake when it excluded evidence from Dobbins's trial that his co-defendant, Samuel Geary, had pleaded guilty.

The two brutally beat and stabbed 61-year-old Keith Suitter in his home in 2015.

Dobbins was 18 and Geary was 16.

Dobbins lawyers also say a 65-year sentence is too long, considering Dobbins' age at the time of the crime.

Geary was sentenced to 40 years in prison.