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Convicted Maine murderer, ID thief who drained victim's bank account gets 60 years in prison


ELLSWORTH, Maine — Prosecutors say a carpenter convicted of killing his employer and raiding the victim's bank accounts was sentenced to 60 years in jail.

William Morse was sentenced on Thursday in Ellsworth. A jury found him guilty of murder in the fatal shooting of 61-year-old Richard Bellittieri. He was also accused of taking nearly $180,000 from Bellittieri.

Bellittieri was an accountant in Trenton. Prosecutors believe he died in July 2012, about a year before Morse's arrest.

Prosecutors say Morse killed Bellittieri and then used the money to lead a lavish lifestyle and even presented himself as Bellittieri at times. The state medical examiner said Bellittieri was shot twice in the head. The body was buried with potting soil on his property.

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