BANGOR — A judge has ruled that a South Berwick man convicted in the hit-and-run death of a University of Maine student two years ago will remain behind bars during the appeals process.

Garrett Cheney was sentenced in December to 15 years, with all but seven years suspended, on manslaughter and drunken driving convictions stemming from the April 2010 death of 20-year-old Jordyn Bakley of Camden in Orono.

Cheney asked to be released on bail while he appeals to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

The Bangor Daily News reports that a judge wrote there was nothing to indicate that the 23-year-old Cheney would not re-offend.

Cheney’s lawyer argued that because Cheney had “no problems” while on preconviction bail, he should be released while the appeal is pending.

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