Friday, April 18, 2014
The Associated Press
ROCKLAND — A Maine man convicted of killing his drug supplier for cutting him off is due to be sentenced.
Andrew Kierstead in a 2012 Knox County Jail booking photo.
Andrew Kierstead was convicted of murder in the September 2012 shotgun killing of Richard Mills outside Mills’ home in Cushing.
Prosecutors say the 41-year-old Kierstead told them he shot Mills because Mills had hooked him on drugs but then shut him off for not paying a drug debt. Experts testified during the trial that Kierstead shot Mills once and then followed him and continuing firing with a 12-gauge shotgun.
Kierstead’s lawyer argued for a manslaughter verdict, saying his client was too intoxicated and suffering from opiate addiction to have known what he was doing.