- Associated Press - Thursday, April 6, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Maine man who’s spent nearly 30 years in prison for a 1989 murder he says he didn’t commit wants a judge to review new evidence in the case.

The Portland Press Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2o0NySt) a lawyer for Anthony Sanborn Jr. says in court documents that an eyewitness was legally blind at the time of the slaying, witnesses have recanted their testimony and information was suppressed by prosecutors.

Lawyer Amy Fairfield is asking a judge to release Sanborn, vacate his indictment and conviction, or order a new trial in the killing of 16-year-old Jessica Briggs. Sanborn, also 16 at the time, faced a murder charge and was convicted in 1992. He was sentenced to 70 years in prison.

A spokesman for the state attorney general’s office says it plans to oppose the motion.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com


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