A man who was convicted last year for the 2010 stabbing deaths of three people in the Southern Aroostook County town of Amity has lost his appeal case.

Earlier today the Maine Supreme Judicial Court upheld the murder convictions for 23-year-old Thayne Ormsby.


Ormsby was convicted on three counts of murder and one count of arson for the 2010 stabbing deaths of Jeffrey Ryan, his 10-year-old son, Jesse and family friend, Jason Dehahn in the town of Amity.

Ormsby's attorney claimed his client was "played" by a skilled law enforcement officer during an interrogation. The defense contended Thayne Ormsby's remark that "I'm going to have to plead the fifth on that one" should have been enough for the detective to end the interrogation.

The court ruled unanimously today that Ormsby's confessions were in fact made voluntarily and that their admission during his trial did not violate his Fifth Amendment rights.

The court also upheld his sentence of three life terms.