Convicted Child Killer Gets 3 Months for Drug Charge
A convicted child killer serving life in prison has three more months tacked on to his sentence after pleaded no contest to a drug charge Tuesday. 54-year-old Dennis Dechaine was set to go on trial in Rockland. Instead he entered a plea on one count of possession of morphine. A second charge of trafficking in prison contraband was dropped. Dechaine is behind bars for kidnapping and killing 12-year-old Sarah Cherry in Bowdoin in 1988. Two years ago he was accused of having morphine in prison, along with an anti-anxiety drug. He was near death and hospitalized for weeks. Dechaine maintains his innocence in the murder case. He’s fighting for a new trial based on DNA evidence. He was in court last week for a re-trial hearing. The judge is allowing more time for the defense to re-test items from the crime scene before ruling whether Dechaine should go before a jury again.