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77-year-old Murderer released for being too old to continue crime, kills again

Amadin Ogbewe

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A 77-year-old convicted murderer identified as Albert Flick, has killed again after he was released for being too old to continue killing people. 

He had been granted freedom when he came before a judge in Portland, Maine, in 2010, while he was in his late 60s, and had spent roughly a third of his life in prison. 

He had been sent to jail for murdering his wife and had gone for a second term when he assaulted a second woman and a third when he was once again released. 

Flick’s violent tendencies didn’t seem likely to go away with age, both the prosecutor and his probation officer warned. 

But the judge chose to sentence him to just shy of four years in prison, noting that by the time he was released in 2014, he would be 72 or 73.

“At some point Mr. Flick is going to age out of his capacity to engage in this conduct and incarcerating him beyond the time that he ages out doesn’t seem to me to make good sense,” Maine Superior Court, Justice Robert E. Crowley, had said.

However, eight years after that hearing, Flick struck again, fatally stabbing a woman outside a laundromat in Lewiston, Maine, as her 11-year-old twin sons watched. 

Now 77, he was convicted of murder on Wednesday, and, this time, he’s set to spend the rest of his life in prison. 

The charges carry a minimum 25-year sentence, and prosecutors plan to request that he be placed behind bars for life. 

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