Former Newport lawyer to serve 2 years for stealing $290K from client’s estate

A former Newport lawyer was convicted of stealing $290,000 from a client’s estate 10 years ago was sentenced Friday to six years in prison with all but two years suspended.

A jury found Dale Thistle, 75, of Farmington and Quebec City, Quebecguilty in June after a two-day trial of one count of theft by misapplication, a Class B crime due to the amount of money involved.

That conviction has been appealed to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

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