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Raymond Hatch, better known by the name "Butch", never went to trial on the first-degree murder charge in the death of 19-year-old Eric Wilson. In late 1980, he struck a deal with the county prosecutor and finally pleaded to a charge of second-degree murder. He was sentenced to serve 26 years behind bars. In the end, that sentence had been reduced to just 13 years.
He was again detained and held in jail. Months later, after a full investigation and prolonged trial, a jury acquitted Raymond Hatch of the contraband charge and he was finally released from prison in 1993.
It was then that Lincoln County Sheriff Leroy Yowell bought the 46-year-old Raymond Hatch a one-way bus ticket back to his hometown of Brunswick, Maine. Yowell duly notified the Brunswick Police of Hatch's release date, as they'd requested, and told them when to expect the bus.Once home, it didn't take long for Raymond Hatch to fall back into his old habits.
Hatch was picked up and charged with Aggravated Assault a (Class B) crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison. By the time the matter reached court Hatch was only convicted of simple ASSAULT (CLASS D) and received a sentence of 364 days in the Cumberland County Jail and a $10 fine for stabbing his girlfriend. He served nine months before he was again released in 1995.
By September of 1996 Hatch was again charged with CRIMINAL TRESPASS and sentenced to 90 days in jail. He served 2 days before being released.
In 1997, Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Department deputies found Raymond Hatch, at 1:30 a.m. outside a local supermarket, where he was found sleeping in the parking lot.
A police computer check revealed that Hatch was already on probation for a previous CRIMINAL TRESPASS charge at a local Dunkin' Donuts. It also showed that he had not been in contact with his probation officer in months. He was arrested for violating the conditions of his probation and held in custody.
(With notes from Denver Post, Portland Press Herald & Bangor Daily News)