Plea Expected In Houlton Murder Case 

A man accused of stabbing a woman to death in a Houlton motel room in December of 2005 is expected to enter a plea Thursday.

31-year-old Daniel Boles of Houlton initially pleaded not guilty to knowing and intentional murder, a charge that has a maximum penalty of life in prison.

The Attorney General’s office says it will reduce the charge to felony murder, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years, and Boles will plead either guilty or no contest.

Police say Boles killed 57-year-old Jaqueline Shorey in connection with the theft of prescription pain killers.

Boles’ attorney says the new plea will acknowledge his client’s involvement with the death of Shorey. Boles has denied killing Shorey, but has admitted he did take part in the robbery.

Boles is expected to be sentenced at a later date.