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    April 2, 2021

    Supreme Court upholds Kennedy sentence in daughter's murder

    Maine’s highest court upheld the 48-year prison sentence of a Stockton Springs woman convicted of murdering her 10-year-old daughter, Marissa Kennedy, more than three years ago. In a ruling released Thursday, Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court rejected appeals by Sharon Kennedy’s attorneys contending a Waldo County court was wrong to deny their requests to suppress her confessions and grant a mistrial. Kennedy, who …

  • Published
    July 15, 2020

    Gideon cruises to victory in Senate primary

    Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon won Tuesday’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, setting the stage for a contentious and high-profile contest against Republican Sen. Susan Collins this fall. The Associated Press declared Gideon the winner over Democratic opponents Betsy Sweet and Bre Kidman just after 9:30 p.m. With 31 percent of precincts reporting, Gideon had received 71 percent of the vote followed by Sweet …

  • Published
    December 19, 2019

    Jury finds Sharon Carrillo guilty of murder in death of 10-year-old daughter

    Jurors found Sharon Carrillo guilty on Wednesday of murdering her 10-year-old daughter, Marissa Kennedy, in an abuse case that shocked Mainers and revealed fatal flaws in the state’s child welfare system. Jurors deliberated for about 4 1/2 hours before emerging with their unanimous decision. Carrillo began to cry as the jury foreman announced the verdict and then sobbed while shaking her head as she was led from …

  • Published
    December 16, 2019

    Mother describes woman charged with murder as a ‘child in a woman’s body’

    A former neighbor saw Julio Carrillo forcefully smack 10-year-old Marissa Kennedy in the head, and other neighbors practically broke down Julio and Sharon Carrillo’s apartment door to stop suspected abuse. “We had gone down there and … were pounding on it, telling him to ‘Stop beating your kids, stop beating your wife,’” one former neighbor, Ethan Miele, told jurors Friday, the sixth day of Sharon Carrillo’s …

  • Published
    December 12, 2019

    Girl’s heart ‘gave out’ after months of abuse, doctor tells jurors

    Marissa Kennedy’s 10-year-old heart simply “gave out” from the constant stress of pain, infections and injuries caused by months of chronic physical abuse, the state medical examiner testified Wednesday. Dr. Mark Flomenbaum said he recorded between 40 and 50 “distinct blunt-force injuries” on Marissa’s body as well as a lacerated liver, blood on her brain, three semi-healed broken ribs, and deep wounds to her …

  • Published
    December 3, 2019

    Jury selection set to begin for mother charged with fatally abusing daughter

    Jury selection is expected to begin this week in the trial of a Stockton Springs woman accused of killing her 10-year-old daughter in an abuse case that revealed gaps in Maine’s child protection system. Sharon Carrillo, 34, is charged with depraved indifference murder in the February 2018 death of her daughter, Marissa Kennedy, following what police and prosecutors say was months of extreme physical abuse. …

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