- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—BANGOR, Maine — The family and friends of Nicolle Lugdon, Daniel Borders and Lucas Tuscano emotionally told a Superior Court judge Tuesday morning at the Penobscot Judicial Center how the brutal slayings of the three young adults nearly three years ago have affected their lives.

They all urged Justice William Anderson to send the men convicted in connection with the deaths to prison for the rest of their lives.

Randall Daluz, 37, of Brockton, Massachusetts, and Nicholas Sexton, 34, of Warwick, Rhode Island, face between 25 years and life in prison on convictions for murder. Each man also faces up to 30 years in prison on arson convictions.

Bangor police described the killings as a drug deal gone bad.

The judge recessed shortly before noon until 1 p.m. He said he would sentence Sexton first, then Daluz.

Anderson watched a video prepared by the Tuscano family and a slideshow made up of photos of Lugdon. Borders’ mother, Debbie Borders, had intended to address Anderson but said through the victim/witness advocate that she was unable to do so.

Sexton did not address the court.

Tuscano’s mother, Cheryl Tuscano-Pavelka, called the defendants “monsters.” She told the judge they should not be able to communicate with their own families since her son no longer can speak with his family.

She said that her son never was able to hold his daughter, who was born 16 days after he was killed.

Lugdon’s mother, Barbara Pineau, who adopted Lugdon as a teenager, said that the young woman’s troubled youth allowed her to be drawn into the drug world.

“I lecture her ashes every day,” Pineau told Anderson.

Jurors found Daluz guilty May 28, 2014, on three counts of murder and one count of arson after a monthlong trial. After deliberating for nearly 45 hours over five days, jurors found Sexton guilty of the murder of Nicolle Lugdon and of arson, but they could not reach a verdict on the murder counts in connection with the deaths of Daniel Borders and Lucas Tuscano.

The charred bodies of Lugdon, 24, of Eddington; Borders, 26, of Hermon; and Tuscano, 28, of Bradford were found in a burning rental car Aug. 13, 2012, at 22 Target Industrial Circle in Bangor. They had been shot to death, and the car they were in was set on fire to destroy evidence, according to testimony.

Deputy Attorney General Lisa Marchese, who prosecuted the case with Assistant Attorney General Deb Cashman, recommended in separate memoranda that each man be sentenced to life in prison for murder and to an additional 20 years for arson.

Daluz’s attorney, Hunter Tzovarras of Bangor, urged Anderson, who presided over the trial, to impose a sentence of less than life but did not make a specific recommendation in his memorandum. Tzovarras said Daluz’s jail conversion to Christianity and his efforts to minister to other inmates is a major mitigating factor in determining what sentence should be imposed.

Bangor attorney David Bate, who along with Jeffrey Toothaker of Ellsworth defended Sexton at the trial, asked the judge to impose a 25-year sentence on the murder conviction and 15 years on the arson charge. Bate said in his sentencing memorandum that the time should be served concurrently.

The defendants’ sentencing hearing was scheduled after Anderson denied Daluz’s motion for a new trial earlier this month.

Daluz and Sexton have told different versions of the events that led to the deaths of Lugdon, Borders and Tuscano.

Sexton took the stand May 19, 2014, and said Daluz shot Borders accidentally but killed Tuscano and then Lugdon intentionally. Sexton said Daluz forced him to set the car on fire and threatened to kill him and his children if he went to the police.

Daluz did not take the stand. He told police Sexton shot all three people and maintains he is innocent.

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