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Apr 2, 2015 12:01 PM

Maine man pleads guilty to aiding in Madbury teen's murder


DOVER - A Maine man who helped rob and murder Madbury teenager Aaron Wilkinson last June could be sentenced to serve 30 years to life in prison, after he pleaded guilty Thursday morning to his involvement in the crime.

Zachary Pinette, 19, of Springvale, was one of three men who allegedly lured Wilkinson, 18, out of his house on Evans Road at approximately 1:30 a.m. on June 21, with the intention to rob him of money and drugs. Pinette was with Michael Tatum, of Barrington, and Tristan Wolusky, of Rochester.

Prosecutors said the trio used a machete and two knives to kill Wilkinson, who was a student at Great Bay eLearning Charter School in Exeter. He was stabbed 22 times during the attack.

The items stolen from Wilkinson included a cell phone and $27.

According to Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley, after the men killed Wilkinson, they transported his body to Lebanon, Maine, in Pinette's car. Wilkinson was found at 4 p.m. by a woman walking on Long Swamp Road.

In addition to dumping the body in a neighboring state, the trio took other steps to avoid prosecution. They took off their shoes to avoid leaving behind footprints.

They also superglued their fingers to conceal their fingerprints.

On Thursday afternoon, Hinckley said Pinette pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and falsifying physical evidence.

Tatum is expected to appear again in court on April 24, Hinckley said.

Wolusky, who called Wilkinson to get him to come outside prior to the grisly attack, will go on trial for first-degree murder in June.


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