For Immediate Release - November 28, 2011

Two Men Sentenced in Haverhill Rape

Lawrence Superior Court Judge Richard Welch this afternoon sentenced two men convicted of rape to state prison.

Benjamin Archambault, 26, of Ellsworth, Maine, will serve 7-9 years in state prison, and his co-defendant, Larry Morton, 52, Newton, NH, will serve 9-11 years in state prison.  Essex Assistant District Attorney Kristen Buxton had asked the court to impose a 12-15 year sentence on Archambault, and a 15-18 year sentence on Morton.

Last Thursday, November 3, a jury had convicted the men following a four-week trial.  The jury deliberated for 10 hours over the course of three days before returning its verdicts.  

Prosecutor Buxton proved that on February 24, 2006, the men had raped the victim in Archambault’s Haverhill apartment.  After the attack, the 42-year-old woman managed to drive herself home to Maine, and from there was driven by a friend to a hospital where she reported the rape.   

A third defendant, Abraham Archambault, 28, of Portland, Maine, was found not guilty after trial.

Prosecutor Buxton, who was assisted on the case by Essex Assistant District Attorney Lindsay Shaheen, praised the investigative work of Haverhill Detective Andrea Fogarty, and Victim/Witness Advocate Kim O’Rourke, who helped the victim through the court process and trial.