Thayne Ormsby Found Guilty in Phase 1 of Trial, Insanity Trial Now Awaits

Updated 3 years ago

The man accused of stabbing three people to death in Amity in 2010 was found guilty Friday.Thayne Ormsby, 21, was convicted of three counts of murder and one count of arson by a jury at Houlton Superior Court.It took the jury about three hours to convict Ormsby of the brutal murders of Jason Dehahn, 30, Jeffrey Ryan, 55, and Jesse Ryan, 10.As the verdict was read Ormsby emoted nothing, but outside of court the Ryan family expressed nothing but sadness.”Our family is gone, you know, and they can’t be replaced. So, all you can do is hope for this, and that he’ll go where he’s supposed to be going,” said Shannon Ryan.Ryan sat through the trial all week, hearing how Ormsby stabbed his father, Jeffrey, and 10-year old brother, Jesse, to death. He echoed the thoughts of state prosecutor, William Stokes, calling what Ormsby did the epitome of evil.”Well, anybody that could kill a 10-year old child on top of two other people, you know, I can’t see how I wouldn’t consider them evil myself,” said Ryan.A police recording, played Thursday for jurors, showed Ormsby depicting the killings, which painted a picture for the state’s closing arguments.”I go back in, stab Jason, and Jesse ran into back room. So, I chase Jesse. He was the quickest. He just said he was scared,” said Ormsby.Holding the knife up for jurors, Stokes said the three victims had every reason to be scared.”This is the knife that this defendant used to stab Jeffrey Ryan in the back. This is the knife that this defendant plunged into Jason Dehahn,” said Stokes.But the defense has suggested it wasn’t the only knife used that night.Attorney Sarah LeClaire pointed the finger at Robert Strout during her final say. Strout has already admitted to destroying evidence in this case, and LeClaire believes he had more to do with the murders.”This is a knife with red, brown stains that Detective Micah Perkins discovered under the seat of Robert Strout’s vehicle,” said LeClaire.But in the end the jury held Ormsby accountable.The trial isn’t over yet, though. Because Ormsby pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, the jury now has to decide if they should hold him criminally responsible for the crimes they have convicted him of.That portion of the trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday morning.The defense says they won’t comment on the case until the trial is over, but the state contends that the evidence will speak for itself.


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