Man sentenced to life for Oakfield slayings, crime spree in 2013
HOULTON, Maine — The man convicted of murdering an Oakfield couple nearly 3½ years ago was sentenced Friday to life in prison on what would have been one of the victims’ birthdays.
Matthew Davis, 36, of Houlton, dressed in a black suit, white shirt and red tie, denied committing the crimes of which he’s been convicted.
“I did not commit these crimes,” he said earlier in the hearing at the Aroostook County Courthouse. “I too want justice, but we do not have it.”
Davis showed no emotion as the life sentence was imposed but wept earlier as his paternal grandmother, Norma Davis, and his wife, Billie Jo Davis, read letters from family members who asked for compassion, leniency and mercy. The defendant showed little emotion during his three-week jury trial last year.
Matthew Davis was convicted of shooting to death Michael Kitchen, 51, and Heidi Pratt, 49, in the early morning hours of Sept. 23, 2013, in the Oakfield home they shared, setting their house ablaze and fleeing in a stolen pickup truck.
Friday would have been Kitchen’s 55th birthday, family members said. He and Pratt had planned to be married in the summer of 2014.
The family and friends of the victims and Davis’ relatives and supporters packed the gallery of the second-floor courtroom on Friday. Many of the Aroostook County sheriff’s deputies and Maine State Police detectives and troopers who were part of the investigation also were in the courtroom.
Pratt’s son, Paul Suitter, told Superior Court Justice E. Allen Hunter that his mother was killed four days before his 26th birthday. He returned to graduate school after the funeral to find a birthday card from her in his mail.
“For weeks after she was gone, I called her cellphone just to hear her voice on the message,” he said. “My family has forever lost two extraordinary people and his has forever gained a murderer.”
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