Elderly Man Released From Prison Deemed Too Old To Be Dangerous Kills Again
A 77-year-old who was freed from prison after serving 25 years for murder has gone on to kill again after being deemed too old to be dangerous.
Albert Flick, from Maine, US, has now been jailed again after killing Kimberly Dobbie in almost identical circumstances to his first murder, when he killed his wife in front of their young child.
In 1979, Flick was sentenced to 25 years in prison after stabbing his wife 14 times in front of their daughter.
He was released after 25 years in 2004, but went back to jail in 2010 for assaulting another woman. He was released four years later, with the judge saying he was believed to be too old to be a threat.
However, last year he stabbed a 48-year-old Dobbie 11 times in Lewiston, Maine, after stalking her for days. The homeless mother was killed in front of her children - two 11-year-old boys.
It took the jury just 40 minutes to find him guilty on Wednesday. Jurors watched a CCTV video during the trial that showed Flick stabbing Dobbie at least 11 times in front of her sons as she sat on the steps outside a laundromat on 15 July 2018.
The wounds pierced her heart and lung, Maine's deputy chief medical examiner testified. Dobbie died from blood loss.
Assistant Attorney General Bud Ellis told jurors that Flick had developed affections towards Dobbie - knowing she was due to leave the town, he thought to himself: "If I can't have her, I will kill her."
Before her murder, he had followed her around the town, watching her and her children. He bought two knives, two days prior to the murder, and when he saw there was nobody around, he plunged the knife into her back as her two children watched on helplessly.
A witness who had intercepted Flick, standing on his neck until police arrived, said that he had heard Dobbie telling him to leave her alone before he killed her.
Flick offered no explanation for the killing and initially entered a not guilty by way of insanity plea but later withdrew it.
With sentencing due in August, it's not known how long he will serve, but it's unlikely that he will be released from prison before he dies. Maine does not have the death penalty.
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