A Lubec man was sentenced Tuesday to 32 years in jail for the homicide of his girlfriend in her residence in January 2022.
Paul DeForest, 67, additionally was given a 5-year concurrent sentence for attempting to get a jail inmate to burn down a home owned by a possible witness. DeForest could be 99 years outdated if he lives lengthy sufficient to finish the sentence and be launched.
DeForest didn’t tackle Justice Robert Murray at his sentencing, which was held in Machias. Associates and kinfolk of Eva Cox, who DeForest shot and killed, additionally had been within the courtroom however declined to deal with the court docket or to talk with reporters after the listening to.
DeForest shot and killed Cox, who was 58, whereas a good friend of DeForest’s was staying at Cox’s residence on Jim’s Head Street, based on police.
The good friend reported the capturing to police two days later. He advised police he had dozed off in a bed room after consuming dinner with DeForest and Cox however was woke up by a loud “pop.” He went downstairs, noticed Cox mendacity on the ground and “heard her gurgling and noticed blood round her physique” as he obtained nearer, court docket paperwork say.
He additionally noticed a pistol on a counter close to DeForest, who advised the good friend to go away after which dragged Cox by her arm by means of a set of French doorways onto an outdoor patio, based on paperwork.
Cox’s physique was discovered January 11, 2022 within the trunk of her automobile, which was parked on a neighbor’s property.
DeForest was arrested January 12, 2022, at a home in Virginia, after he known as the good friend to say he was “headed to West Virginia to get his canine to his daughter earlier than he obtained caught,” based on court docket paperwork.