- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A former patient at the state-run Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for attacking a pregnant mental health worker last year.

Mark Murphy was sentenced Monday in Kennebec County Superior Court to serve 10 years of a 15-year sentence, with two years’ probation.

Justice Donald Marden, who in January found the 48-year-old Murphy guilty of assault charges, said the defendant acted out of anger and lack of self-control and not because of his mental illness. He punched and stabbed the woman with a pen. Her fetus was unharmed.

The Kennebec Journal (https://bit.ly/1lmpunf ) reports that Murphy’s lawyer said his client’s mental health played a role in the attack and the hospital failed to address his needs.

Murphy apologized in court, saying he was “ashamed” and “embarrassed.”


Information from: Kennebec Journal, https://www.kjonline.com/

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