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AUGUSTA — Janice McDonald tried to fight off a vicious knife attack by her youngest son before succumbing to her wounds on Aug. 24, 2009.

The state says it was a depraved act of murder. The defense says it was an act of manslaughter, provoked by a lifetime of abuse. A jury will decide this week in Kennebec County Superior Court.

No one says that Kenneth McDonald didn’t beat and stab his mother to death in the home they shared in Monmouth. McDonald was indicted on one count of murder, and pleaded not guilty to that charge.

In court Monday, Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea questioned neighbors and family members about the relationship between the mother and son – the central element of Kenneth McDonald’s defense.

Most said that Kenneth McDonald, 44, was quiet, and that they never heard the two argue.

But defense attorney James Billings said the attack came after Janice McDonald repeatedly refused to let her son take a trip to the coast.

She also refused to change his doctor’s appointment and call his workplace to say he would be gone, Billings said. Kenneth McDonald worked four days every other week at the Monmouth Transfer Station.

Billings said Kenneth McDonald, who was described by family members as “slow,” depended on his mother for everything, even permission to take money out of his own bank account.

Billings told jurors that they should find Kenneth McDonald guilty of manslaughter, not murder. He said Janice McDonald was her son’s best friend, but she constantly told him he was incapable of doing anything on his own.

Billings said Kenneth McDonald asked his mother several times for permission to take a trip, until an argument broke out early on Aug. 24, 2009.

“She did not approve of the plan. She became angry. She slapped him across the face,” Billings said. “At that point, he boiled over, he snapped.

“He picked up the knife off her bedside table. He doesn’t really remember that,” Billings said. “He basically knows he stabbed his mother to death.”

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Zainea told jurors that Janice McDonald, who was 80 when she died, lay defenseless – wearing only a nightgown – as the youngest of her seven children stabbed her repeatedly.

“Her throat was cut so severely, it severed her jugular vein and her carotid artery,” the prosecutor said.

For part of Monday, witnesses testified about Kenneth McDonald’s whereabouts and calm demeanor as he made his way from Monmouth to Lewiston and finally hitchhiked to Bailey Island in the 24 hours after his mother’s death.

Wearing a light blue shirt and a light blue tie, Kenneth McDonald sat quietly through the testimony. He has been in custody since his arrest on Aug. 25, 2009.

Fourteen people testified on Monday, as the state began presenting its case. Billings told jurors that they can expect to hear from Kenneth McDonald when the defense presents its case.

Monmouth man sentenced to 30 years for killing mother

Kenneth McDonald listens to opening arguments during his murder trial Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, at Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta, Maine. He is accused of murdering his 80-year-old mother, Janice McDonald, in August 2009. His defense attorney contends he was driven by a lifetime of abuse from her and he should be convicted of manslaughter, not murder.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Monmouth man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing his mother last year in the home they shared.

Forty-four-year-old Kenneth McDonald abruptly ended his trial on Sept. 1 when he pleaded guilty to murder in the stabbing death of 80-year-old Janice McDonald on Aug. 24, 2009. He was sentenced on Wednesday on Augusta.

WMTW-TV reports that the judge said she considered his diminished mental capacity and believed McDonald was sorry for his actions.

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Hello  Circles,

How is everyone doing?  So did everyone have a good Thanksgiving?  We had a pretty good feast.  Now that Thanksgiving is out of the way,  Christmas and New Years is coming up, so get your shopping done early this year.

Well, last Monday I got my books that I ordered from the Bargain Books catalog, all four books from the Forgotten Realms Sundering series.  I got the sixth book from the Books and Things catalog.  Would’ve gotten more from them but with each book you do buy, the shipping fee goes up and up; with Bargain Books it stays a constant $3.50.  Just need one more book to complete the series and I’ll have to get that one from Books and Things.  Got a copy of the New Arrivals Bargain Books catalog a few days ago, looking through the graphic novels they have.  I will probably get some of those after Christmas.  They have a couple called “Superior Spiderman” with Otto Octavius as Peter Parker.  Doctor Octavius used to be a villian called “Dr. Octopus” now he’s impersonating Peter Parker?  Last time I knew, I was reading an interview in Playboy with Stan Lee that Dr. Octopus killed Peter Parker, now he’s impersonating him?  I am rather  confused.  Guess I will have to find out and buy the Marvel Encyclopedia, the Definative Guide to the Charactars of the Marvel Universe.  Course, the X-Men and Avengers have changed a bit too.  Have you guys been reading any comics whatsoever?

I have a few ideas for my campain world.  One is a Spring-heeled Jack-type of character You guys might want to look him up on the internet.  He used to terrorize Victorian London and he used to jump around a lot and a few people claimed that he breathed fire into their faces.  The other idea involves a book called “The Haunting of Asylum 49: Chilling Tales of Aggressive Spirits, Phantom Doctors and the Secret of Room 666” by R. Estepa and C. Anderson sounds like something that you guys might want to read.  That hospital is supposed to have a maze in it which is home to an entity known as “the Guardian.” It is supposed to be rather malicious.  The place is considered to be one of the world’s most haunted hospitals.

Now, do any of the  gamers out there have any gaming magazines like “the Dragon,” “Dungeon,” or any other miscellaneous magazines and if they do would they be willing to send me photocopies of certain articles to me?  I am looking for the following things:

  • Dragon #89:  Creature Catalog – Six Very Special Shields
  • Dragon #163:  Hedge Wizards

Also looking for certain articles in Gygax Magazine, The Crusader, Star Wars Gamer, Level Up Magazine, and Kobold Quarterly.

Well, gotta go and watch “the Walking Dead.”  Good night.

Kenneth McDonald

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          Write to Kenny via:  Bolduc Correctional Facility                      – Kenneth McDonald, MDOC #114427 – 516 Cushing Road – Warren, Maine 04864-4600

Hey, everyone,

I forgot to tell you last time.  A few weeks ago, I was talking to one of the people living next door to me and he told me he has been classified as medium and word leaked tout to him that hie will be transferred to the medium unit.  Turns out he has three of the second edition Dungeons and Dragons books: the Players Handbook, Dungeon Master’s Guide, and Monster Manuel.  And he wants to trade them off for 5th edition stuff.  Seems everybody in medium unit plays 5th edition.  He’s looking to trade for the following 5th edition books: Volo’s Guide to Monsters, Mordakainen’s Book of Foes, and the Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide.  Would really like to get my hands on at least two of those 2nd edition books.

Could anyone send me copies of Volo’s Guide to Monsters and Mordankainen’s Book of Foes?  Normally, I would ask my sister this, but she has already sent me an early Christmas gift of $60 and four Star Trek books.  The money she sent me has gone into essentials hygiene stuff, food and a couple of bags of coffee (for bartering purposes) and as for the rest of it, I’m waiting on next month’s bargain books catalog.  (They should have some Christmas deals.)

Thanks everyone.  God bless you, and I hope that everyone had a great thanksgiving.

Kenneth McDonald

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Write to Kenny Via: Bolduc Correctional Facility – Kenneth McDonald, MDOC #114427 –  516 Cushing Road – Warren, Maine 04864-4600

editor’s note:  I was Kenny’s cellmate back in Kennebec County Jail.  He is good-hearted, meek fellow (with what one might call a developmental disorder) who should have ended up in Riverview Psychiatric Center, instead of prison.  Anything you can do for him is just right action.  Thank you, and be well! – Rage

 

Hello.

Well, my birthday is June 18th, 1966, which makes me 52 years old.  I’m getting old, but I still don’t have any gray or white hair.  Well, during the weekend we had our yearly three-day lock down and guess what?  They took our big plastic totes away from us and replaced them with two light, plastic ones that are see-through.  They are much easier to carry around and a lot lighter even with all my stuff in them.

Earl Huntley is doing fine and his mom just sent him a Wiccan Bible.  As for British Columbia, for some reason, I was thinking of sneaking across the border after I get out and living there.  Probably in Quathiaski Cove; I love the name of that town.  Plus, some of the Canadian town names sound perfect for Dungeons and Dragons.

Well, it’s almost Thanksgiving.  Anyone made any plans?

Bless you all and have a happy Thanksgiving.

Kenneth McDonald, MDOC# 114427

Bolduc Correction Facility = 516 Cushing Road – Warren, Maine 04864-4600

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