The Maine Supreme Judicial Court upheld the conviction Tuesday of a man fo und guilty of slaying a fellow drug dealer and seriously injuring another man in a Center Street apartment in Bangor in November 2015.
Robert Hansley had appealed his conviction on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence to convict him following his trial in late 2017. Hansley also argued that the court did not give the jury his requested instructions on two topics: eyewitness identification and accomplice liability. The supreme court, however, affirmed the jury’s conviction.
“The record at trial, when taken as a whole and viewed in the light most favorable to the State, supports the jury’s finding that Hansley is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of both charges,” Associate Justice Ellen Gorman wrote in a 13-page ruling released Tuesday.
In December 2017, jurors found Hansley of Brooklyn, New York, guilty of the murder of Robert Kennedy of Bangor and the wounding of Barry “Slice” Jenkins of Brooklyn, New York, on Nov. 27, 2015.
Hansley’s accomplice, Thomas “Ferg” Ferguson, also of Brooklyn, was found guilty of the same charges. Hansley was determined to be the shooter, but the murder weapon had been given to Ferguson, who arrived on the scene with Hansley, as payment for a drug debt, according to testimony at both trials.
Hansley received a 50-year sentence for murder and a concurrent, 25-year sentence for elevated aggravated assault.