Convicted Murderers Argue for Appeals 

Convicted murderer Richard Reynolds, formerly of waterville, is appealing his prison sentence to Maine’s highest court. 43-year old Richard Reynolds was sentenced last month to forty-five years for killing his estranged wife, Rhonda Wakefield-Reynolds, in Fairfield in 2007. The couple’s two young sons who were four and six at the time, were in the next room when Reynolds shot their mother. Reynolds’ appeal argues that he did not inflict pain and suffering on Wakefield-Reynolds and that in similar homicide cases defendants were treated with lighter sentences.Shannon Atwood has filed an appeal as well and wants his case reviewed by the Maine Supreme Court. The 38-year old Atwood is from canaan. He was sentenced to fifty five years for murdering his girlfriend, Cheryl Murdoch in the summer of 2006. Atwood’s trial lawyer, John Alsop will not be handling the appeal. An attorney from Portland will take over.