The Maine Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the convictions and sentences of Daniel L. Fortune, who is serving concurrent life sentences for his role in a machete attack that left a father and his 10-year-old daughter maimed in their Pittston home.

Fortune had appealed his convictions and related sentences, arguing that there was insufficient evidence and that the court erred.

But the supreme court’s decision strikes down those arguments and upholds the earlier decisions.

The family was attacked May 27, 2008, by Fortune and Leo Hylton, who pleaded guilty and is serving a sentence of 90 years, with all but 50 years suspended. Fortune was sentenced to two concurrent life sentences on June 24, 2010.

Fortune, a former star athlete at Gardiner Area High School, was tried by a Somerset County jury and convicted in May 2010 of four counts of aggravated attempted murder, two counts of elevated aggravated assault, one count each of attempted murder, robbery, burglary, conspiracy to commit robbery and violating bail conditions.


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