Woman Who Killed Random Shopper in Supermarket Gets Life

24 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Connor MacCalister gets life in prison for murdering woman in Saco.

Connor MacCalister had told police she was angry with life and had gone to the store to kill “several random people.” According to court records, she acknowledged being “off (her) meds” when she killed 59-year-old Wendy Boudreau in August at a Shaw’s supermarket in Saco, where they both lived. SACO, Maine — Connor MacCalister of Saco, who was convicted of fatally stabbing a woman in the ice cream aisle of a local grocery store, was sentenced to life in prison Monday afternoon. Connor MacCalister, 31, of Saco was sentenced by Justice John O’Neil Jr. in York County Superior Court in Alfred after Boudreau’s family stood up, one after another, to remember a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who put her loved ones before herself. “Perhaps the ultimate tragedy of this case is that the victim who was selected at random and was described as a kind, caring, loving individual is the opposite of someone who would have caused Ms. MacCalister, who was born female but sometimes identifies as a transgender male, waived all mental health defenses and pleaded guilty last month to Boudreau’s murder.

The sentencing brings an end to a case that shocked the quiet seaside city and led to public expressions of grief, including a well-attended funeral at Saco’s Thornton Academy, where Boudreau had worked in the alumni office. An employee from the supermarket’s bakery department rushed to help Boudreau, who had fallen to the floor and was bleeding profusely, according to the police report. Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea said MacCalister’s initial plan was to kill one person, take another hostage and then kill the hostage when police arrived.

MacCalister’s attorney, Robert LeBrasseur, said his client pleaded guilty against his advice out of a desire to take full responsibility for killing Boudreau, and that he had no choice but to argue for the life sentence MacCalister requested. MacCalister randomly targeted Boudreau on Aug. 19 at Shaw’s supermarket, attacking Boudreau from behind with a knife without provocation in the store’s freezer section. There was no indication that Boudreau and MacCalister knew each other, and the affidavit said MacCalister claimed Boudreau had “looked at me funny” at the scene.

She read a letter from her sister, Jennifer Boudreau, describing how she arrived at the Shaw’s supermarket shortly after the stabbing without realizing her mother was the victim until she saw her mother’s purse in an aisle where blood remained pooled on the floor. “I replay that day over and over again in my mind, remembering the last conversation I had with her, wishing I had said I love you one more time,” Jennifer Boudreau said in the letter read by her sister. Throughout much of the court proceeding, MacCalister watched a video slideshow projected on a screen that showed pictures of Boudreau with her family. MacCalister has been held without bail in the women’s section of the county jail and will continue to be held in jail until the Maine Department of Corrections takes custody. MacCalister had previously been hospitalized at Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta and Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook, both psychiatric facilities. MacCalister had been previously diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, an anxiety disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and depression, according to a mental evaluation report filed with the court by Debra Baeder, chief forensic psychologist for the State Forensic Service. “Her insight was limited and she also was significantly fatalistic about all aspects of her future.

In pleading guilty on Oct. 8, MacCalister did so at the earliest legal opportunity after being indicted Sept. 10 by a grand jury on the murder charge.

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