A man who spent over 20 years in prison for fatally stabbing his wife was released from prison after a judge determined he was too old to be considered a threat, but was convicted this week in yet another fatal stabbing.
Jurors on Wednesday found 77-year-old Albert Flick guilty of murder in the 2018 stabbing death of Kimberly Dobbie, a homeless mother who was stabbed 11 times in front of her twin sons, News Center Maine reported.
The crime was similar to the original murder that sent him to prison in 1979, when he stabbed his wife Sandra Flick 14 times in front of her 12-year-old daughter.
Flick was originally freed from prison in 2000, serving just over 20 years of a 30-year sentence. Kelene Barrows, a Department of Corrections spokesperson, told News Center Maine that at the time, “prisoners were awarded a significant amount of good time at the start of their sentences, which they could only lose due to disciplinary infractions.” She added that prisoners could also earn”good time” by working a prison job.
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But Flick was sent back to jail in 2010, this time for assaulting another woman.
A judge in that case disregarded the prosecution’s recommendation for a longer sentence, reasoning that Flick’s old age prevented him from being a threat and said it didn’t make sense to lock him up. He was released from prison most recently in 2016.
Prosecutors said he met the 48-year-old Dobbie after his release and became infatuated with her, stalking her and eating at the homeless shelter where she stayed.
According to Assistant Attorney General Bud Ellis, Flick found out Dobbie was planning on leaving town and thought to himself: “If I can’t have her, I will kill her.”
Flick went to a local Walmart to purchase a pair of knives two days prior to the murder, prosecutors say. He then attacked Dobbie in the middle of the day in front of a laundromat, piercing her heart and lungs.
Her 11-year-old twin sons witnessed the killing, which was also caught on a surveillance camera.
The past crimes of Alfred Flick
Elsie Clement, the woman who was just a child when she witnessed the murder of her mother at the hands of Flick, said she doesn’t understand why he would be allowed out of prison.
“I don’t understand how somebody that is obviously such a threat to society was back on the streets,” Clement told News Center Maine. “I don’t understand. I can’t for the life of me wrap my head around it. I can’t.”
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Clement, now 52, believes Dobbie’s death could have been prevented if the attorneys and judges involved would have done the right thing.
“I just don’t understand how all these people can justify their part in this,” Clement said. “Because even though [Flick is] the one that actually committed the crime, I think that their actions provided the opportunity.”
She added that she’d like to see those involved answer to the twin boys who had to witness the same thing she did.
“They will spend the rest of their lives second-guessing and questioning themselves. If I had tried to defend her instead of running, would she be alive?” Clement said.
“I would like to just see [everyone involved] in a line and stand there and tell [Dobbie’s] boys, explain to them how this man was on the streets and how it’s okay,” she continued. “How the law makes it alright for their mom to now be gone and for them to have to witness it.”
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