A murderer deemed too old to commit murder is released from prison — only to murder immediately afterward.
What are the details?
On Wednesday, a Maine jury found 77-year-old Albert Flick guilty of murdering 44-year-old Kimberly Dobbie in a July 2018 incident.
Dobbie's 11-year-old twin sons were close by when Flick stabbed their mother to death outside of a Lewiston, Maine, laundromat, according to NBC News.
It wasn't his first murder, though: Flick was convicted of killing his wife nearly 40 years ago in an eerily similar attack. Flick stabbed his wife Sandra to death after she filed for divorce. She sustained multiple stab wounds to the neck and chest, and was also stabbed once through her heart.
Flick was deemed unlikely to harm anyone else after serving 25 years in prison in connection with his wife's murder, but he apparently was not too old to commit murder.
After his 2004 release, he was convicted of punching and stabbing a woman — said to be a girlfriend — in 2007. He was later convicted for assaulting and threatening another woman with whom he reportedly had a relationship in 2010.
According to The New York Times, a prosecutor urged a judge to sentence Flick to eight years in prison, insisting that Flick was a danger to women. The judge, however, cut the sentence in half and only sentenced Flick — who was in his late 60s at the time — to just four years imprisonment.
Judge Robert E. Crowley said, "At some point, Mr. Flick is going to age out of his capacity to engage in this conduct, and incarceration beyond the time he ages out doesn't seem to me to make good sense from a criminological or fiscal perspective."
Crowley is now retired, but Dobbie's children no longer have a mother.
'He never should have been on the streets.'
Elsie Kimball Clement, Sandra Flick's daughter, said that "there is no age that is 'too old' to commit murder."
"He never should have been on the streets," she insisted.
With an apparent predisposition to violence toward women, Flick's attack on Dobbie was frighteningly familiar.
Prosecutors said that Flick was obsessed with Dobbie, who was homeless and living in a shelter with her twin sons. Flick met her at a local library, and began pursuing her.
Katharyn Cormier, who lived at the same shelter as Dobbie, said that Flick followed her around and would even take his meals at the shelter in order to be near the mom. Dobbie, who was "plain out of money," according to Cormier, took Flick's help whenever he offered to help feed her 11-year-old sons.
"[A]ny mother's going to accept that," Cormier told the Times.
Flick's friendliness apparently became too overbearing, and Dobbie eventually ended up asking him to leave her alone. She ended up securing her own home, but a day before she and her sons were to move in, Flick made it clear that he would refuse to comply with her wishes. He ended up fatally stabbing Dobbie outside the laundromat the very day before she was to move into her own home.
According to NBC News, Dobbie was "stabbed 14 times and the wounds penetrated her heart and a lung, a state medical examiner testified."
Bud Ellis, an assistant attorney general, told jurors during Wednesday's trial that Flick thought to himself, "If I can't have her, I will kill her."
Flick faces 25 years to life in prison. His sentencing hearing is set for Aug. 9.
Prosecutors reportedly plan to request that Flick stay behind bars for the duration of his life.
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