Man convicted of murdering Joyce McLain in 1980 sentenced to 45 years in prison

Published: Apr. 27, 2018 at 12:16 PM EDT
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Philip Fournier has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for the 1980 murder of an East Millinocket teenager.

A judge found 57-year-old Fournier guilty in February of killing 16-year-old Joyce McLain.

McLain disappeared while she was out jogging in 1980, and her body was found two days later.

At trial, Fournier's defense argued that Fournier's memories, which played key roles in the prosecution's case, were not reliable. One defense lawyer said doubts will linger in the case even after conviction and sentencing. There was no physical evidence that tied Fournier to the crime scene.

Defense Attorney Jeff Silverstein says they were disappointed with the guilty verdict and says Fournier plans to appeal.