Michael Toby Sentenced to 50 Years 

The Dover-Foxcroft man convicted of murdering his elderly sister in 2008 has learned his fate.The sentencing is the beginning of closure for family members, as Michael Toby was sentenced to a half a century behind bars. 54-year-old Michael Toby murdered his 70-year-old sister, Rosalie Shedd, at her apartment in October of 2008.Family members describe the scene as horiffic.”My mother opened up her house to him, cooked for him, gave him money to borrow, and even let him sit in her favorite chair.. You know what he did to repay her? He brutally killed her,” said Jeff McGinley, Rosalie Shedd’s son.The state asked Justice William Anderson for a very strict sentence. Saying if Toby were to be let back in to society, he would be a major threat to both his family and the community.”He killed his sister and I would submit sentencing analysis dictates that the sentence should be at least 60 years,” said Andrew Benson, Assistant Attorney General.Toby’s attorney, Christopher Smith, said his client’s clean record prior to the murder should be taken into consideration, and therefore asked for 30 to 35 years. The final decision… Toby will spend the next 50 years at the Department of Corrections.It’s a decision both family members and Assistant Attorney General, Andrew Benson, are pleased with.”He showed no remorse at all, he’s where he should be,” said McGinley.”Virtually anything for Mr. Toby is a life sentence. So 50 is certainly within the appropriate age,” added Benson.Family members say, thanks to the 50 years sentence, they can begin to find closure after this tragedy. “I will always have the memories of my mother, no one can ever take those away from me, not even him,” said Melanie Eastman, Rosalie Shedd’s daughter.