Deemed Too Old, He Was Released. Then He Killed Again

Albert Flick convicted of murdering woman as her twin children watched
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 17, 2019 5:02 PM CDT
Updated Jul 18, 2019 3:00 AM CDT
Deemed Too Old, He Was Released. Then He Killed Again
In a Monday, July 15, 2019 photo, Albert Flick sits in court at his murder trial in Auburn, Maine.   (Andree Kehn/Sun Journal via AP)

A man who served decades in prison for fatally stabbing his wife 14 times in front of her daughter was convicted Wednesday in a nearly identical crime—stabbing a woman at least 11 times while her twin children watched. Albert Flick, 77, who was previously deemed too old to be a threat by a judge, was convicted in the 2018 death of Kimberly Dobbie, the AP reports. Jurors deliberated less than an hour before reaching its guilty verdict. Both the attack, which was in front of a Lewiston, Maine, laundromat in broad daylight, and Flick's purchase two days earlier of two knives were caught on surveillance video. Prosecutors say Flick was infatuated with Dobbie, 48, and followed her around and dined at the homeless shelter where she was staying. They knew one another, witnesses said, but were not in a relationship.

Flick has a long history of violence against women. In 1979, he was sentenced to prison and served 25 years for fatally stabbing his then-wife in front of her daughter from a previous marriage. According to the New York Times, he was then convicted of punching and stabbing a woman with a fork in 2007, and of assaulting and threatening another woman in 2010. The judge in the 2010 case ignored the recommendation of the prosecutor for a longer sentence, saying Flick would not be a threat because of his age and it didn't make sense to keep him incarcerated. He was released and moved to Lewiston in 2014, then went back to prison for verbally threatening the victim of the 2010 attack. He was free again by 2018, when he met Dobbie. Flick faces 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 9, the Sun Journal reports. (An 84-year-old woman was recently arrested for her husband's 1984 murder.)

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