BANGOR – A Dexter man who took more than $80,000 from his roommate was sentenced on Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center.
“It’s made my life kind of a hell,” the 60-year-old victim said during the sentencing hearing.
Lloyd Burnham, 44, admitted that he took somewhere between $80,000 and $100,000 from the Corinna man.
“He had moved in with our victim and was asking him for loans on a semi-regular basis,” said Mark Rucci, an assistant district attorney for Penobscot County. “And trips were made to the bank, two sometimes three days a week taking out deposits in the range of thousands of dollars.”
Burnham told investigators he spent the money on drugs.
“It’s just a situation where, unfortunately, we have two major issues in our society intersect. One being mental health, and potentially elder abuse, and the other being drug addiction,” said his defense attorney, Jeremiah Haley.
Burnham was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison with all but three and a half suspended, as well as three years of probation upon his release.
He is currently serving time for a probation violation, so with the added time is now scheduled to leave prison in about five and a half years.
“The state is happy with the sentence because in doing a lot of research with the Attorney General’s Office and with our office, it’s one of the higher sentences we’ve seen on a case of this nature,” Rucci said after the hearing ended.
Burnham also was ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution.
“He says to me afterward, ‘Do you think after this is all done, do you think we can get along?’ After all my retirement, a lot of it’s gone,” the victim said.
Justice Ann Murray also barred Burnham from contacting the victim in any way.
According to District Attorney Marianne Lynch, a bill that became law this week – an act to create a victims’ compensation fund for victims of property crimes — may help the victim recover some of the money he’s lost.
“There is nothing that is ever going to make this victim whole again. He’s been completely taken advantage of,” Rucci said. “What I will say is that the Maine State Police, particularly one trooper, just did an incredible job.”
He added later, “This would not have been possible without the work of Trooper [Taylor] Bagley.”