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Poirier Convicted of Manslaughter 

A Lewiston man has been found guilty of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of his father while the victim was celebrating his 65th birthday.

The Androscoggin County Superior Court jury deliberated for six hours over two days in the murder trial of Scott Poirier before finding him guilty Friday of the lesser charge.

The defense did not dispute that Poirier used a hunting rifle to shoot Roland Poirier through a window of his Lewiston home on Nov. 8, 2006, as the victim celebrated his birthday with other family members.

The defense maintained that Scott Poirier suffered an abnormal state of mind as a result of repeated sexual abuse by his father and was not criminally responsible for the killing.