HOULTON — A Maine man has been sentenced to four years in prison in connection with a triple murder two years ago.

Robert Strout of Orient was sentenced Wednesday in Aroostook County Superior Court for hindering the investigation into the murders of two men and a 10-year-old boy in Amity in June 2010.

Thayne Ormsby was convicted last month of killing 55-year-old Jeffrey Ryan, Ryan’s 10-year-old son, Jesse, and a family friend, 30-year-old Jason Dehahn.

Ormsby lived with the 64-year-old Strout at the time of the slayings. Prosecutors say Strout helped Ormsby dispose of evidence and drove him to New Hampshire.

The Bangor Daily News (http://bit.ly/KB9giK ) reports that Strout apologized to the victims’ families in court. His lawyer says he is in poor health and only helped Ormsby because Ormsby threatened to kill him.