State vs. Todd Gilday

Gilday sentenced to 50 years for murder

By Jordan Bailey and Ben Holbrook | Aug 20, 2014
Todd Gilday

Todd Gilday, 44, was sentenced Aug. 20 at Waldo County Superior Court to 50 years for the murder of 55-year-old Lynn Arsenault, with a concurrent 15-year sentence for the attempted murder and elevated aggravated assault of her son, Matthew Day, 23, of Belfast.

Gilday also was ordered to forfeit his firearm and reimburse the Victim's Compensation Fund in the amount of $3,063, according to the Maine Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea.

Zainea told The Journal the victim’s friends, Sheila and Greg Johnson, addressed the court, but the defendant did not speak during the sentencing.

Gilday was represented by court-appointed defense attorney Philip Cohen and Camden lawyer Jeremy Pratt. He originally pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity at the Waldo County Superior Court in October 2013, but changed his plea to guilty July 21, 2014, and agreed to the sentence in a plea agreement.

According to previously published reports, on Aug. 28, 2013, Gilday forced his way into Day's 162 Waldo Ave. home. Gilday shot and killed Arsenault, before shooting and wounding Day.

When officers entered the home through a back door, Maine State Police Detective Ryan Brockway said in his affidavit, police could see a broken window with a fist-sized hole in the glass. Officers also observed a male subject lying across a female subject on the floor of the kitchen area.

The male subject, later identified as Day, was able to talk to police and identify Gilday by name as the shooter. While talking to Day, Belfast Police Sgt. Brian Lunt discovered several unfired shotgun shells and bird shot on the kitchen floor, according to the affidavit.

Police learned Gilday came to the door of the home and was met by Day. "The door opened partially before Day attempted to close it, at which point the glass was blown out of the door and the door was kicked in,” according to previously published reports.

Police located and arrested Gilday Aug. 29.


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