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Judge sentences Madawaska man to six years in prison for sexual assault

MADAWASKA, Maine — Maine Superior Court Justice Harold Stewart sentenced David Conley of Madawaska on Friday to serve six years in prison for gross sexual assault.

A jury deliberated for about an hour last month before convicting Conley, 49, who was accused of engaging in sexual acts with a woman after he had impaired her with an intoxicant in the summer of 2016. Police have not identified the victim.

Stewart sentenced Conley to a 10 year prison term, with all but six years suspended, and ordered him to be on probation for four years following his release, according to investigating officer, Lt. Jamie Pelletier of the Madawaska Police Department, who was at the Caribou Superior Court on Friday.

Conely’s defense attorney, Matthew Hunter, recommended a five-year sentence with all but 18 months suspended, while the Aroostook County District attorney’s office recommended the 10-year prison term with all but eight years suspended, according to Pelletier.

Conley, who had been out on bail, was taken into custody in the courtroom immediately following the sentencing.

Pelletier was not aware as of Monday morning of any appeal having been filed by Conley’s attorney.

In a related case, Madawaska police charged a Grand Isle couple in early November with tampering with a victim.

Police allege that Nora Keyes, 47, and Kerry Keyes, 53, attempted to influence the victim to withhold her testimony in the Conley trial.

They are scheduled to appear on Dec. 6 at Madawaska District Court.

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