AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An Augusta man sentenced to 45 years in prison after pleading guilty to fatally stabbing another man he thought had flirted with his girlfriend has told a judge he now wants to go to trial.
Peter Bathgate II told a judge in Kennebec County Superior Court on Thursday that he pleaded guilty to killing 47-year-old Paul Allen in December 2010 because he got poor advice from his lawyer.
Through his new attorney, Bathgate is challenging the constitutionality of his sentencing, saying he had ineffective assistance from his attorney, because he failed to conduct an adequate pretrial investigation and failed to keep him apprised of developments and possible defenses.
The Kennebec Journal, reports that prosecutors said there was nothing wrong with Bathgate’s defense.
The judge did not immediately rule.