Woman Who Stabbed Longtime Friend Nearly 500 Times Sentenced to 55 Years in Prison 

A Maine woman has been sentenced to 55 years in prison for stabbing her longtime friend nearly 500 times

Published Time: 12.05.2024 - 03:31:09 Modified Time: 12.05.2024 - 03:31:09

A Maine woman has been sentenced to 55 years in prison for stabbing her longtime friend nearly 500 times.

Kailie A. Brackett was found guilty of the April 2022 murder of 43-year-old Kim Neptune in December 2023, per the Portland Press Herald. On Friday, May 10, Brackett was sentenced to 55 years in prison for her role in the crime, the Associated Press reported.

Brackett, 39, said in a statement at her sentencing that she wasn't responsible for Neptune's death and that the woman's killer or killers could still be at large, the AP reported.

Authorities found Neptune dead in her Maine home with 484 stab wounds on her body, which was wrapped in a blanket, after the victim's brother called police officers on the Passamaquoddy Pleasant Point reservation in Washington County.

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A man named Donnell Dana was initially also charged and tried for Neptune's murder, but a mistrial was declared in his case in December 2023 due to a deadlocked jury.

Dana later pleaded guilty to the lesser charges of "hindering apprehension or prosecution for disposing of evidence related to Brackett’s murder charge," per the AP.

The Portland Press Herald reported that Brackett and Dana share a child, and that Dana had lived with Neptune before 2021.

"We’re relieved that justice was served. And then tomorrow and the next day and then so on, we’re going to start looking at different things of healing together as a community, as one,” Passamaquoddy Councilmember Adam Newell told CBS affiliate WABI 5 after Brackett's sentencing.

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