The northeasternmost state, Maine has been settled since the early 17th century but was part of Massachusetts until 1820, when it was made an independent state as part of the Missouri Compromise. Today, it is one of the 16 states without a capital punishment statute. During its colonial, Massachusetts, and early statehood periods, a total of 21 executions were carried out, all but one of them for murder (the exception was a 1780 treason case). The last executed criminal in Maine was Daniel Wilkinson, who had murdered a police officer ...

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