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March 30, 2013

Maine hearing delayed for Mass. rapist

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A hearing has been delayed until next week for a Gorham man facing a fugitive charge for eluding authorities 34 years after being convicted of three Massachusetts rapes.

The Portland Press Herald says Gary Irving appeared in court Friday wearing a yellow inmate uniform, the color worn by maximum security prisoners.

His lawyer, Christopher Leddy, told Justice Roland Cole he needed more time to review the documents in Irving’s case. The hearing was rescheduled for 8:30 a.m. Monday.

The 52-year-old Irving, who was arrested Wednesday night, used an assumed name while living in Gorham. He had disappeared while awaiting sentencing for the rapes.

Norfolk, Mass., District Attorney Michael Morrissey told The Boston Globe he’ll seek a “substantial” sentence for Irving. Morrissey said prosecutors could ask up to life with parole. He declined to say what they’ll request.

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