Man who killed two in 2015 rampage gets life for murders

An Aroostook County man who killed two people and wounded three others in a two-county rampage over two days in July 2015, was sentenced Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to life in prison.

Anthony Lord, 37, of Crystal pleaded guilty last month to two counts each of murder, attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault, theft of firearms and one count each of arson, aggravated assault and eluding an officer. A kidnapping charge and two counts of reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon were dismissed.

In addition to murdering Kyle Hewitt, 22, of Benedicta and Kevin Tozier, 58, of Lee, Lord shot and wounded Kim Irish, 57, Clayton McCarthy, 57, and Carlton Eddy, 52, all of Benedicta.

Defense attorneys David Bate of Bangor and Jeffrey Toothaker of Ellsworth told Superior Court Justice Ann Murray that their client should not spend the rest of his life behind bars because Lord was distraught over the death of his 6-month-old son Larry Earl Lord on May 5, 2015, 2 ½ months before the rampage. The boy died as a result of bleeding in his brain and a fractured skull, according to the autopsy report.

 Jessee Mackin, 34, of Millinocket was charged in February 2016 with manslaughter in connection with the baby’s death. He is free on $25,000 cash bail. Mackin’s trial has been tentatively set for October.

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