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Waltham Man Pleads Guilty To Murder

Waltham man stabbed Grace Burton, of Maine, to death in 2011.

Juan Contreras, of Waltham, has pleaded guilty to killing an elderly Maine woman last year, according to the Bangor Daily News. 

28, was sentenced to fifty years in prison. Contreras changed his plea to guilty on Nov. 8 midway through the trial, according to the newspaper. Contreras, who hails from Guatemala and is not an American citizen, will be deporated upon completing his sentence. 

Contreras stabbed Grace Burton, 81, of Farmington, to death in after breaking into her home in June of 2011. Contreras had been living in Waltham prior to the killing. Justice Michaela Murphy said there is no explanation as to why Contreras killed Burton and believes he was trying to rob her. 

Contreras told the court he changed his plea because it "was the right thing to do," according to the newspaper. 

For more details, visit the Bangor Daily News. 

S. Winchester November 09, 2012 at 07:59 PM
This person is not a Waltham man, he is from Walthammala, That makes him Walthammalen. You should now better.
SMH November 09, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Its ignorant people like you S. Winchester that make it impossible for people in this world to unify!
JohnnyMass November 10, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Another quality immigrant who snuck in here unchecked. Get ready for a whole lot more thanks to moonbats reelecting Obama!
TheHam November 12, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Just illegal immigration proving why it is illegal to illegally enter a country. Too complicated for this City of Waltham, I know- but get ready for the next wave of illegals! THANKS OBAMA!!!!!!!
Karla Vallance November 12, 2012 at 04:19 PM
TheHam, as you probably quickly realized, we don't brook any threatening comments. None. Watch yourself.
SMH November 14, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Forget the fact that his name is Juan!!! You closed minded individuals see nothing but the name and ASSume he is illegal.. If his name was John Mcdaniel would that change the crime he commited? Typical Closed minded people blame blame ASSume! SMH
Sam Adams November 14, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Assume?? The article says he is illegal - read it again.
SMH November 14, 2012 at 03:28 PM
All I am really saying is regardless of his status focus on the crime. No matter who is in office or what we do to control borders people's legal status does not change there mental status.
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) November 14, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Sam Adams, it actually does not say he is in the country illegally. It says he is not a citizen and hails from Guatemala. There is a difference. Also, read the following link. It explains that his mother came here illegally when he was just a boy. I'm not defending him, but I think children hardly have a say where they go when they are that young. http://www.pressherald.com/news/Remorse-but-no-explanation-in-Farmington-murder-trial.html
TheHam November 14, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Karla Valence, despite your ignorance I'm sure you can understand that telling someone to "watch it" is more threatening than my comment...... but since you're having difficulty with reading comprehension it seems, what part of my comment was threatening exactly? Don't worry, I'll wait... And Sam Adams- the word "illegal" in Waltham goes right over their heads- nothing to see here people!
TheHam November 14, 2012 at 04:55 PM
SMH....I cut and pasted a few sentences so as to not overwhelm you with facts, but here's the "assumption" you were referring to: "Contreras, who hails from Guatemala and is not an American citizen, will be deporated upon completing his sentence. "
SMH November 14, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Thank you for your fancy cut and paste. It seems as if his legal status is the only part that overwhelms you! I have included my very own cut and paste for you. Enjoy.. Courtesy of Ryan Grannan-Doll, it actually does not say he is in the country illegally. It says he is not a citizen and hails from Guatemala. There is a difference. Also, read the following link. It explains that his mother came here illegally when he was just a boy. I'm not defending him, but I think children hardly have a say where they go when they are that young.
Karla Vallance November 14, 2012 at 05:12 PM
You know exactly what I'm referring to, and yes, I'm threatening to ban you from commenting capability if your comments are not civil. Same rules apply to everyone.
TheHam November 14, 2012 at 05:19 PM
SMH...great link and good job scholar.
TheHam November 14, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Karla, again, which part of my comment was threatening? I'm just waiting for your answer. Banning me from Waltham Patch would be based on your personal opinions of my comments based on what I can/can't post, which I trust is not company policy.
TheHam November 14, 2012 at 05:24 PM
and also, YOU are threatening the wrong person. But I'll just take a screen shot of everyone else's comments and prove, if need be, that you are acting on behalf of your personal opinions and not the best interest of an interactive website aka the company that hired you.
TheHam November 14, 2012 at 05:52 PM
crickets....
charles jacob December 15, 2012 at 03:56 PM
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Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) December 15, 2012 at 05:11 PM
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