Massachusetts Man Sentenced to Life Behind Bars for Murders in Maine
A judge has sentenced a man convicted of murdering the mother of his children and a longtime friend in New Gloucester nearly two years ago.Joel Hayden of New Bedford, Mass. was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday. He shot Renee Sandora and Trevor Mills in the head in July 2011 at Sandora’s home in New Gloucester.During his trial, prosecutors said Hayden thought Mills and Sandora were having a relationship and killed them out of jealousy.Hayden and Sandora’s 7-year-old son witnessed the murders and testified against his father.The prosecution is asking for life in prison. The defense is asking for 50 years.Several family members of Sandora and Mills spoke at the sentencing, calling Hayden a coward and a monster.