January 4, 2013

Silva sentenced to 43 years in Maine shooting death

His guilty plea did not admit to crimes, but to the likelihood of being found guilty at trial.

By BETTY ADAMS Kennebec Journal

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David Silva sits in his sentencing hearing on Friday January 4, 2013 in Kennebec County Superior Courthouse in Augusta.

Staff photo by Joe Phelan

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Janet Orr, left, is comforted by family friend Jodi Ferry as she speaks on Friday January 4, 2013 in Kennebec County Superior Courthouse in Augusta during the sentencing of David Silva who pled guilty of murdering her husband Robert Orr and burning down their Readfield home.

Staff photo by Joe Phelan

Orr's sister, Nancy Mooney, said she befriended Spence at work and helped both Spence and Silva find housing at the Orr home, where she was also living at the time.

Friday she told Silva, "I hope you suffer every day for the rest of your miserable excuse of a life. ... I hope you rot and burn in hell for what you and Lindsay have done."

Orr's stepson Richard Barisano said of Silva, "I never thought it was possible to despise someone so much." He said the family has waited two years for justice.

"Finally, I am glad the defendant is here to admit his guilt and try to save his soul -- if he still has one," Barisano said.

Silva said nothing in court on Friday except to tell the judge he was pleading guilty voluntarily and understood there was no appeal of either the sentence or the convictions.

He showed no emotion as he listened to Orr's family and friends, some of whom he knew.

During his first court appearance on the murder charge in March 2011, Silva was in tears, and as he was led away he said, "I have nothing to say, except I'm sorry." Later, Silva said that did not mean he was guilty.

His attorney at the time told the judge that Silva was defending himself when he shot Orr.

Silva has a lengthy record and has been behind bars in Massachusetts, California, Georgia and Ohio. Since turning 16, his longest stretch of freedom was between 2008 -- when he was released from a California prison after being convicted of false imprisonment with violence -- and his February 2011 arrest on the murder charge.

Silva, whose knuckles are tattooed SKIN HEAD, railed against jail conditions in an interview in June 2011, saying his cell was searched up to three times a day, he was forced to shower at 11 p.m. when there was no more hot water, there was a scarcity of legal literature and he was once Tasered while in handcuffs.

He has had a series of three court-appointed attorneys representing him in the murder case.


Kennebec Journal Staff Writer Betty Adams can be contacted at 621-5631 or at:



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