Daniel Porter pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Jerry Perdomo, a firefighter and drug dealer from Florida
BELFAST, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Accused murderer Daniel Porter went before a judge pleading guilty to manslaughter. The Jackson man was charged with murdering Jerry Perdomo of Florida, a firefighter visiting Maine to deal drugs to Porter.
Daniel Porter plead guilty to manslaughter Wednesday afternoon in Waldo Superior Court, waiving his right to a jury trial.
Porter's attorney Jeff Silverstein said, "Mr. Porter ultimately had no trouble acknowledging that he played a role in this and he just wanted to spare the anguish, stress, and anxiety of a trial on himself, his family, and Mr. Perdomo's family."
According to Silverstein this was a last minute arrangement, the trial was set to start later this month.
Throughout the process Porter has claimed he acted in self defense after Perdomo had threatened him.
Even as he plead guilty to the lesser charge Porter seemed to be sticking with his self defense claim.
When the judge asked if he was pleading guilty because he was guilty of manslaughter Porter responded he was taking responsibility for a situation he let get out of control.
After a brief discussion with his attorney, Porter told the court he was nervous and that yes, under the law, he is guilty of manslaughter.
His attorney Jeff Silverstein says both he and his client believe a jury would have come to the same decision or possibly a harsher verdict.
"We've reviewed all of the evidence. We've reviewed the evidence that would have been presented by the defense and we sized it up and realized that there are risks inherent in this business and given the facts presented that the offer that the state made is likely where the jury may have ended up," said Silverstein.
A manslaughter charge has a maximum sentence of 30 years. Prosecutor Leane Zainea said in court the state will seek the maximum sentence and four years probation.
Porter's sentencing is scheduled for April 22nd. Porter plans on speaking during the hearing on his own behalf.