A 77-year-old convicted murderer who had previously been deemed too old to be a threat despite a long history of violence against women was found guilty in another brutal slaying on Wednesday.
Prosecutors in Maine say Albert Flick stabbed Kimberly Dobbie at least 11 times last year while her twin 11-year-old children watched. He previously served 25 years in prison for murder after repeatedly stabbing his wife Sandra in front of her daughter.
Additionally, Flick was convicted of assaulting another woman in 2010. However, a judge ignored a prosecutor’s recommendation for a longer punishment and he was released from prison less than four years later.
“He was screaming for attention from the criminal justice system,” Mark Wynn, a retired Nashville police officer who is on the board of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, told the New York Times last year. “The question for us in the criminal justice world is: What are we prepared to do to stop that attack and potential murder?”
Judge Robert Crowley indicated that Flick's advanced age was a major factor when he handed down the sentence nine years ago.
“At some point Mr. Flick is going to age out of his capacity to engage in this conduct, and incarcerating him beyond the time that he ages out doesn’t seem to me to make good sense from a criminological or fiscal perspective,” the judge said.
However, the daughter of his first murder victim said he should never have been allowed back “on the streets.”
“There is no age that is ‘too old’ to commit murder,” Elsie Clement, the daughter of Sandra Flick, told the New York Times.
Prosecutors say Flick was infatuated with Dobbie, who was 48. He followed her around and spent time at the homeless shelter in Lewiston where she was staying. The attack took place in front of a laundromat in broad daylight and was witnessed by the two children and three men.
“It was soul-crushing for them,” alternate juror Caitlain Jasper told the Sun Journal newspaper, “and they’ll never be able to forget it.”
[via New York Daily News]