SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — A man convicted of murdering an Anson woman more than three decades ago has been sentenced to 70 years in prison.
Fifty-seven-year-old Jay Mercier of Industry was sentenced Friday in Superior Court for the murder of Rita St. Peter, who was 20 when she was last seen walking across the bridge that connects Madison and Anson the night of July 4, 1980.
The Morning Sentinel of Waterville says Justice John Nivison imposed the sentence. The judge said sentencing guidelines prevented him from giving Mercier a life sentence.
A jury found Mercier guilty of murder in September after four days of testimony. Mercier denied killing St. Peter, who was also sexually assaulted, beaten with a heavy metal object and run over by a truck. DNA evidence was used to convict Mercier.