Ellsworth Man Pleads Guilty To Stealing $600,000 

A man from Ellsworth addmitted today to stealing nearly $600,000 from investors. Eric Murphy Jr. pleaded guilty to two counts of theft by deception. He took money from people to fund mortgage loans, but instead used the money for personal purposes and for his business, Murphy Home Loans.Today’s plea agreement calls for Murphy to serve 18 months behind bars. He also must pay back all the money he stole. Some of his victims were in the courtroom today.”I feel the 18 months is a slap on the wrist for what he’s done to people,” says Cyndee Carroll, “I feel there’s at least 14 people that he’s ruined their lives and he has no remorse that’s the sad thing. He has no remorse for what he’s done.”Murphy’s sentencing hearing will be scheduled sometime next week. Victims will have a chance to address murphy in court before the judge decides whether to accept the plea deal.