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Stephen James Sentence 

A homeless man was sentenced in Penobscot County Superior Court Friday to 20 years in prison for the killing of another homeless man.Fifty-eight-year-old Stephen James had pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with the death of 63-year-old Clyde Worcester in Bangor last year.Meghan Hayward reports.As part of a plea deal, Stephen James pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter.The original agreement was 14 years in prison, followed by probation.But the judge last week said given James’ past convictions of violent crimes and his lack of family ties to the area, she couldn’t accept the probation.The new deal was 20 years in prison, which James accepted.”We were disappointed with the result. This was a case I felt really should have gone to trial, but ultimately, it was Mr. James’ decision to accept the plea rather than take this case to trial. But we would have liked to go to trial with this case.””We felt it was the appropriate sentence. So we’re never surprised. We’re obviously pleased that Judge Murphy agreed with us and thought it was a case for a 20 year sentence.”Prosecutors say James beat Worcester to death in the woods along I-95 in Bangor.Many of Worcester’s family members were in the courtroom, wearing buttons of support.”Oh he was a very caring person. He’d give the shirt off his back. He had a family, he had children and he had grandchildren. He had loving parents and brothers and sisters. He was just an overall great guy.”His sister says the family is happy with the sentence.”Because my parents will never live another 20 years unfortunately, and they won’t have to see him on the streets again or hear that he did harm to another family or person.”James’ daughter was also in the courtroom. She says she lost touch with him many years ago, but recently came back into contact with him.”I wanted to show him that I still love him and what he did I can look past because I know alcohol took control of him that night and that wasn’t my dad.”Outside the courtroom several of Worcester’s family members talked to Stanley and gave her hugs.”They want me to tell him my dad that a couple of them forgive him and they don’t regret me for it which really meant a lot so they do forgive him and I think that will mean a lot to him.”