Coquille (KMTR) - Nick McGuffin will spend ten years in prison, convicted for manslaughter in the death of Leah Freeman eleven years ago. However, he still says he didn't do it, and his lawyers plan to appeal.
McGuffin received the standard sentence for the crime Monday, 120 months in prison. His attorneys asked the judge for a lesser prison term, 75 months, the sentence for 2nd degree manslaughter. The defense basically argued that the punishment was too harsh for the crime. The judge dismissed that motion.
Finally, McGuffin spoke out for the first time since the trial began, proclaiming his innocence, and accusing multiple witnesses of lying on the stand. He went on to say there was no forensic evidence linking him to Leah Freeman's death, and that he would continue to fight to prove his innocence.
Leah Freeman's family chose not to address the court at the hearing. McGuffin's lawyers plan to appeal the verdict. They now have thirty days to file the paperwork.