Ex-football participant will get greater than 50 years behind bars for murdering classmate

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A Maine man who used to play soccer at West Virginia College and in Europe will spend the following 58 years behind bars for murdering a 19-year-old former classmate.

Jalique Keene, a stand-out working again, was sentenced Wednesday by a choose in Bar Harbor.

Mikaela Conley
Mikaela Conley

He had been convicted in Could of killing Mikaela Conley — whom he went to highschool with — simply after returning residence from Europe in 2018. Her physique was discovered that June by a state police Okay-9 unit.

Keene, 22, advised jurors that he couldn’t bear in mind what occurred that day, although he admitted in court docket to being caught on surveillance tape carrying Conley’s useless physique. The younger man claimed {that a} combat broke out between him and Conley after the 2 of them had consensual intercourse.  He allegedly raped, beat and strangled the man Mount Desert Excessive Faculty alum after which ditched her physique on a neighborhood highway.

Prosecutors had been in search of a life sentence for Conley’s homicide. Keene was sentenced to 58 years for the slaying and 30 years for the rape. The jail phrases might be served concurrently.

With Put up wires