Man convicted in 1989 murder seeks bail, new trial

A Maine man convicted in the brutal 1989 murder of a Portland teenager is asking a judge to review new evidence in his case and to free him in the meantime.

PORTLAND (WGME) -- A Maine man convicted in the brutal 1989 murder of a Portland teenager is asking a judge to review new evidence in his case and to free him in the meantime.

Anthony Sanborn Jr., 44, has spent 27 years behind bars for the murder of Jessica Briggs, 16.

Sanborn's attorney, Amy Fairfield, writes in court documents that he's suffered in prison for a crime he didn't commit, instead blaming his conviction on misconduct by police and prosecutors.

In a more than 100 page motion filed Wednesday, Sanborn asks the court to vacate his guilty verdict and dismiss the charges, or order a new trial while releasing him on bail.

In 1993, Sanborn was sentenced to 70 years in prison.

Briggs' body was found in Portland Harbor in May of 1989. Police said she was stabbed multiple times, her throat and abdomen slashed.

In the court motion, Fairfield said none of the evidence linked Sanborn to the murder, and the State's case was entirely circumstantial.

Fairfield writes that the lead prosecutor and two detectives worked together and "waged a campaign of intimidation and deal making in order to manufacture the testimonial evidence they needed to put Sanborn on trial."

Fairfield said they suppressed statements and used a key eye-witness who they knew had serious vision problems.

She writes that Briggs' actual killer may still be out there, and her family continues to be denied the justice they deserve.

CBS 13 tried to reach out to the prosecutor and two detectives named in the motion to get their side of the story.The prosecutor and one detective did not return messages.The other detective could not be reached.

A spokesman for the Attorney General's Office said they will be opposing the motion for bail.

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