A Maine man was jealous of his ex’s new relationship and said he wanted to kill her so “no one else could have her.”
He then carried out his plan and will now serve the rest of his life behind bars.
Recently, a Maine judge sentenced Mark Penley to two life sentences for the murders of his ex-girlfriend s and her boyfriend Dana Hill.
On New Year’s Day 2019, Penley shot the duo in their apartment in South Paris, Maine, according to Fox 23. He then called 911. When police arrived, they found Penley holding Pickford’s baby and an 8-year-old child on the couch in the home.
Bickford was scared of Penley up until the day she was killed, and a landlord said she was trying to get a restraining order because she felt her ex was following her, according to FOX 23.
Penley’s jealousy grew, and he made plans to kill her so “no one else could have her,” according to Fox 23.
At his October trial, prosecutors said Penley left Facebook voice messages that threatened Bickford over her new relationship, according to the Sun Journal.
“And if you do date Dana, guess what, I will do everything in my power to f****** make sure that boy f****** dies. It’s that f****** simple. I f****** hate that piece of s*** for what he did to us,” Penley said, according to the Sun Journal.
Bickford was shot five times, including in the head and face, prosecutors said, the newspaper reported. When police found the victims, the children were also home.
Penley’s bloody fingerprint was found on Bickford’s cellphone in the apartment, prosecutors noted. His DNA was also on the gun recovered at the crime scene.
Bickford’s mother, Tammy Guertin, told the Sun Journal the verdict brought a sense of relief.
“I’m just so glad for my daughter that she got the only kind of justice that we can get,” Guertin said, according to the Sun Journal. “We can never bring her back, but we’ve at least got the justice through the legal system. And I’m super happy that he can never hurt anybody else.”