Man convicted of Christmas Day murder of wife denied new trial

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Bangor, ME (WABI)- An Ellsworth man found guilty of murdering his wife on Christmas Day 7 years ago, was denied a post-conviction review.

The Ellsworth American reports Christopher Saenz's request was denied by a judge earlier this week.

Saenz is serving a 47-year sentence for beating his wife, Hilary to death in 2013. He was convicted two years later.

During a hearing in Bangor last October, Saenz claimed his legal counsel was ineffective.

His new lawyer argued Saenz was advised by his former lawyer not to take a plea deal.

According to the newspaper, the judge found fault with all of Saenz' claims.