BANGOR — A Queens, N.Y., man convicted of murder in the 2017 shooting of a New Gloucester woman was sentenced to 48 years in prison by Justice Harold Stewart at the Penobscot Judicial Center on Tuesday.
Augusta Attorney Stephen C. Smith represented murder defendant Carine Reeves. Smith declined to comment on the sentence.
It took the jury less than four hours last October to return a guilty verdict for Reeves, 40.
The dead woman, Sally Shaw, 55, had been in a relationship with Reeves and had been his driver in the drug trade, Assistant Attorney General Meg Elam told the jury.
“Drugs like cocaine and heroin are transported to Maine,” Elam told the jury in her closing arguments after the more than week-long trial. “Once here, the cocaine is cooked … every few days $20,000 to $30,000 is made in the drug trade. It’s a dangerous business and no one knew that better than Sally Shaw.”
“Sally learned just how dangerous the drug world is because on July 18, 2017, Sally paid with her life,” Elam said. “She was murdered, shot in the head and left on the side of the road for [a passer-by] to find the next morning.”
Shaw’s body, with a gunshot wound to the head, was found at the intersection of routes 9 and 193 in Cherryfield.
The case of co-defendant Quaneysha Greeley of Lewiston was adjudicated Tuesday as well.
Greeley’s attorney, Jeffrey Toothaker, said his client’s murder charge was dismissed. Greeley was sentenced to time served and one year probation for one count of hindering apprehension.
Toothaker said Greeley is residing in Lewiston, has had a baby and is “doing excellent.”
Greeley, who was an eyewitness to the murder, testified in the trial that she rode along with Reeves and Shaw, who were selling crack cocaine and heroin, on numerous trips from Bangor to New York and back again every week.
“How much crack was being sold every few days?” Elam asked.
“A lot,” Greeley replied. “Probably $20,000 to $30,000 at the most probably.”
The pair, Reeves and Shaw, were “cooking” cocaine into crack at a house on Union Street in Bangor, Greeley testified.
According to the Maine Attorney General’s Office, Reeves will be returned to the state of New York to first serve a prison sentence for two first-degree assault convictions before he begins his sentence for Shaw’s murder.
“Upon completion of the New York sentence, he will be returned to complete his Maine sentence,” said Maine Attorney General’s Office spokesman Marc Malon. “He is here under the Interstate Agreement on Detainers.”