January 2, 2013

Alan Kelley retires as Somerset, Kennebec counties district attorney

Newly elected District Attorney Maeghan Maloney sworn in Tuesday

By Betty Adams badams@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

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After 33 years on the job, the last 12 months as acting district attorney in Kennebec and Somerset counties, prosecutor Alan Kelley has retired from state employment. This photo of him was taken in last week of December.

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Maeghan Maloney

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* In 2012, nine attorneys left the Kennebec and Somerset district attorney's office: Evert Fowle, Alan Kelley, Brad Grant, David W. Jackson Jr., Paul Rucha, Neil McLean, James Mitchell Jr., Patricia K. Poulin and Steven Parker.

* Since late October, Tracy DeVol, Brent Davis and Alisa Ross have been joined by Francis Griffin, Joelle Pratt, Carie James, Andrei R. Maciag, and Kristin T. Murray-James.

* Maeghan Maloney has been sworn in as district attorney for the next two years, and Fernand LaRochelle and Kate Marshall will come on board shortly.

In the new job, his focus will be on whether the behavior was ethical.

For years, the office headed by District Attorneys David Crook and Evert Fowle made prosecuting crimes involving sexual abuse of children a high priority.

"I probably tried more of those cases than anybody else in the state," Kelley said. "Protection of children has always been a passion. They're very difficult cases to prove. So often it's the type of crime that is not committed in front of other witnesses. It's very difficult to corroborate and very difficult for children to talk about what's happened to them."

He cited the office's role in helping to establish the Children's Advocacy Center, located at MaineGeneral Medical Center's Seton campus in Waterville, which provides support for children who are victims of sexual abuse.

Memorable cases

Two of his more memorable cases involved Daniel Fortune and Leo Hylton, two Augusta men who were prosecuted following a 2008 home invasion in Pittston that left former state legislator William Guerrette and his then-10-year-old daughter maimed and other family members terrorized. Fortune was convicted of four counts of aggravated attempted murder and other charges, and Hylton pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted murder.

Kelley recalled "how glad I am that Fortune and Hylton were held accountable."

At a recent retirement dinner -- a surprise to Kelley -- organizers collected 81 law court opinions in which he argued on behalf of the state. "It was kind of a shock to look back and see that body of work," he said.

Some things will not change. Kelley, of West Gardiner, will continue to muck out horse stalls each day. He and his wife, Beth, run Shamrock Stables, which has seven quarter horses. The Kelleys participate in team penning and ranch sorting, and they host clinics at their barn.

He is also president of the Central Maine Team Penning Association.

Kelley got into riding about a decade ago at the urging of his wife. "You've got to love it, because it's a lot of work," he said.

He and his wife have three children and one grandson.

Betty Adams -- 621-5631


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Alisa Ross

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Andrei Maciag

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Joelle Pratt

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