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Bail Reconsideration in Manslaughter Case - CBS News Bangor


by Laura Roberts - January 25th 2012 01:25pm
Bangor - A South Berwick man in jail for seven years for manslaughter is asking for bail.

23-year-old Garrett Cheney was sentenced in December. He was convicted in July for driving drunk in a hit and run accident in Orono that killed UMaine student Jordyn Bakley of Camden.

After his sentencing, Cheney was denied post-conviction bail and taken directly to prison.

Now his attorney has made a motion to appeal that bail decision. The prosecution hopes the judge will stick with his original ruling.

"On December 7, Judge Anderson felt that Mr. Cheney should be held without bail and we believe that that decision he made on December 7 was legitimate, fair, and appropriate and we hope that he will maintain that same position," said District Attorney Chris Almy.

"There was never a court making findings related to his ties to the community, his character, his length of residence in the community, his employment history, all of those things go into both a pre-conviction and post-conviction bail analysis and that was never done. We think that if that is done, as the court is going to do here, that he is an excellent post-conviction bail candidate," said Tim Zerillo, Cheney's attorney.

Judge William Anderson says he will issue a written decision on the motion.

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