Reaction: Bradford Man Sentenced for Death of David Trask

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 1 year ago

A Bradford man convicted of manslaughter in the death of 71-year-old David Trask of Hudson was sentenced to seven years in prison.It was an emotional day at Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on Wednesday, as friends and family members spoke in front of justice anderson who later determined Robinson’s fate.With a manslaughter conviction, he faced a maximum of thirty years in jail.50-year-old Robinson stood emotionless as Justice Anderson read him his sentence, “I’m imposing a sentence of fourteen years in private correction all suspended but seven years.”In April, Robinson was convicted of manslaughter in the death of Trask. It was a modern day version of the Hatfields and the Mccoys, a land dispute that turned deadly in November 2011.The two parties agreed Robinson killed Trask with a crowbar, but Robinson claimed self defense.The state wanted Robinson to spend twenty years behind bars. The defense argued for three. Eight Trask family members spoke about the man they miss dearly and argued for the extended jail time. A handful of friends spoke in court saying Robinson is an honest and good man. Robinson apologized to the family of David Trask. Justice Anderson said he knew the sentence wasn’t going to satisfy either side. “Obviously I was hoping for a sentence that would be a little more in keeping with our recommendation. I’m not surprised at the sentence and I don’t necessarily think it’s fundamentally unfair, but we have not yet made any decisions of where we go from here, if there will be an appeal,” said Thomas Hallett, Robinson’s defense attorney. “Seven years is, as far as I’m concerned, the system might as well put the finishing blow to my father as far as I’m concerned,” said David Trask, son of the victim. “There will never be forgiveness. He’s not worth forgiving in my book,” said Deanna Trask, the victim’s daughter. As for Robinson, his lawyer says, “He’s relieved that this stage is over.”After the sentencing, Robinson headed to jail, as his family and friends yelled, “We love you Pete.”Once Robinson completes his jail time, he will have four years of probation to follow. During his probation period, he will not be allowed to live in Penobscot County, where he and the Trasks were neighbors.


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