Emotions run high after Lamoine man reaches plea deal

2:07 PM, Sep 26, 2013   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- High emotions spilling out of the Penobscot Judicial Center Wednesday. A brawl erupting between the family of now convicted killer Michael Carter and his victim's family Randy Sinclair, Jr. The fight broke out just moments after Justice William Anderson accepted the deal to plead guilty to manslaughter for shooting Sinclair in the head back in March of 2012.

About half a dozen people, both men and women, were fighting for just a few minutes before court officers stepped in to break it up.

Carter originally faced a murder charge for the death of Randy Sinclair, Jr. Four members of Sinclair's family addressed the court along with one of the men who was shot. They all look Carter in the face with one word in common, hate.

Sinclair's sister Lori Sinclair-Rowley said, "I really feel it was murder. My brother was executed, but the prosecution has done a great job. They explained to us why, I don't want to get into that but I understand."

Sinclair was shot at close range in the head after he and several other men went to Carter's home in Lamoine in March of 2012. Two other men were shot and injured. They were going to the house to argue about money owed for a paint job on Carter's car.

"I leave with some sense of peace, but this will never be forgotten. I don't feel that he is going away long enough because I feel it is murder," said Sinclair-Rowley.  

Under the plea deal, Carter will serve 16 years of a 30 year sentence for the death of Randy Sinclair. He will then have four years of probation under the terms he is to have no contact whatsoever with members of Sinclair's family.

Bangor Police are investigating the scuffle outside the courthouse.

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