Daniel Fortune Sentenced to Life in Prison 

Twenty-two-year-old Daniel Fortune will spend the rest of his life in prison, for his role in a 2008 home invasion and machete attack in Pittston that left a father and his then 10-year-old daughter permanently injured.Fortune was sentenced to two concurrent life terms in a Kennebec County courtroom Thursday afternoon. But first, the family told the court how the attack has changed them.”No words, or nothing anyone will ever be able say, can convey what that feels like, to wake up from a dead sleep and hear somebody killing your husband outside your bedroom,” says Melanie Guerrette.She told the judge her family’s life has been changed forever.The machete attack left her husband, William, and their then 10-year-old daughter Nicole with permanent brain injuries, persistent pain and disabilities. She says it changed even their personalities, and left them living in a constant state of fear.”Reality now for our family has started to set in. And what our future will be. And the reality is hard,” she says.Daniel Fortune had been a family friend before the incident. A jury earlier convicted him of 11 crimes, including aggravated attempted murder, also robbery and theft.In court he told the family he was sorry for their suffering, but maintained he was not the one who attacked them.”I’m a 22-year-old man who two years ago made a huge mistake. No, I did not attack the Guerrette family, but my co-defendant and I should not have ever been in the house,” Fortune says.His foster brother, 20-year-old Leo Hylton, is currently serving 50 years in prison for his role in the crime.The judge today rejected the defense’s request of 25 years in prison, calling the crime premeditated, heinous and depraved.”Being so out of control of everything over the last two years, it feels so good to finally be able to put this behind us,” Melanie says. “Because reliving it brings flashbacks and everything else that goes with it.”The Guerrette family says they can start to move on.”We’re relieved. We couldn’t be happier. Finally.””One of her fears,” Melanie says of her daughter Nicole, “she said was him getting out and being able to come after us again.”But now, Melanie says, they won’t have to worry any more.