- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The Maine supreme court has rejected the appeal of a man who’s serving a 40-year sentence for attempting to burn down the home where his ex-girlfriend lived.

Andrew Freeman of Paris contended the trial judge erred by allowing prejudicial testimony, that the prosecutor engaged in misconduct and that the sentence was excessive.

The Supreme Judicial Court rejected those arguments on Tuesday. The court said in its unanimous ruling that while the sentence was harsh “it does not shock the conscience.”

Freeman was convicted in 2012 of attempted murder, arson and burglary for breaking into the Norway home where his 17-year-old ex-girlfriend lived with her grandparents and setting two fires in the basement. Nobody was injured.

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