Maine man sentenced to 50 years in prison for murder, attempted murder

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BELFAST, Maine — A judge described a man's shotgun rampage in which he killed a woman and injured her son as "utterly senseless" on Wednesday before sentencing the gunman to 50 years in prison.

Todd Gilday, 44, chose not to address the court before Justice Robert Murray imposed the sentence recommended by prosecutors. Gilday was sentenced to 50 years for murder and 15 years for attempted murder; the sentences will be served concurrently.

Gilday, who pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder, forced himself into the Belfast home of Mathew Day, shooting him and killing his 55-year-old mother, Lynn Arsenault, who was visiting. After the shooting, Gilday checked himself into a hospital's psychiatric and addiction recovery unit, where he told the staff that he was a drug addict who had a "very bad night," according to a police affidavit.

Day, who survived his injuries, knew Gilday but the motive for the shootings was unclear. A friend of Gilday's said he'd warned that he intended "to shoot some people tonight."

Gilday originally planned to use an insanity defense before reaching a plea agreement in July. Arsenault's husband has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against him. That case is pending.

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