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Life in Prison for Convicted Murderer 

A former South Portland man convicted of murder was sentenced to life in prison in the death of a woman 26 years ago.In June, a jury found 52-year-old Thomas Mitchell Junior guilty of sexually assaulting and stabbing Judith Flagg at her Fayette home in January 1983.The crime went unsolved for decades until police used DNA and new technology to link Mitchell to the scene.At the time of his arrest, Mitchell was completing prison sentences for kidnapping, sexual assault and attempted murder. His lawyer says Mitchell maintains his innocence and will appeal the murder conviction.