Maine man gets life for killing 2 men, 10-year-old

June 7, 2012 - 2:15 PM

HOULTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine man convicted of killing two adults and a 10-year-old boy is going to prison for life.

Thayne Ormsby was given three life sentences — one for each murder conviction — Thursday in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton. The judge added a 15-year sentence on top of the life sentences for Ormsby's arson conviction.

Ormsby was convicted in April in the 2010 stabbing deaths of 55-year-old Jeffrey Ryan, his 10-year-old son, Jesse, and family friend Jason Dehahn at Ryan's home in the small northern Maine town of Amity. The jury rejected Ormsby's insanity defense.

Ormsby said he wanted to kill the elder Ryan because he thought the man was a drug dealer, and he killed Dehahn and the boy to eliminate potential witnesses.