February 24

Maine man to be sentenced for killing drug dealer

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.

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