Trial witness says he lied to police about teen's 1989 death

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Posted: Oct 17, 2017 6:01 PM

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A key witness says he lied during the 1992 trial of a man who spent 27 years in prison in Maine for a murder conviction in the killing of his teenage girlfriend.

The Portland Press Herald reports Glenn Brown told the court Tuesday he lied when he testified he saw Tony Sanborn with a knife the night before the killing looking for 16-year-old victim Jessica Briggs. Brown says he lied because he was nervous about the police and jail.

Justice Joyce Wheeler had told Brown he could face perjury charges if he recanted.

Sanborn was 16 at the time of Briggs' death in 1989 and was convicted of killing her in 1992. He recently was freed on bail after another key witness recanted, and his case is getting a new look.


This story has been corrected to show the killing, not the trial, was in 1989.


Information from: Portland Press Herald,