MALONE –– A North Bangor man accused of hiding the body of his cousin’s wife after she overdosed on opioids was sentenced Monday to five years’ probation after pleading guilty to two felony charges.
Peter G. Spaulding, 56, pleaded guilty in Franklin County Court to tampering with physical evidence and concealment of a human corpse. He was also sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading guilty to making a false written statement, a misdemeanor, for initially saying he knew nothing about the July 23, 2018, death of Carrie L. Spaulding.
Carrie Spaulding’s body was found along the side of Baker Road in North Bangor near where she lived around 5:30 a.m. The circumstances of the discovery initially led state police to investigate her death as a possible homicide, but under questioning, Peter Spaulding eventually told police he had found her dead and left her body on the side of the road to avoid any involvement in the matter, according to District Attorney Craig Carriero.
Carriero said the two Spauldings had obtained drugs and taken them, then headed back to Peter Spaulding’s house in his car. Carrie Spaulding was unconscious when they arrived and Peter Spaulding went into the house, leaving her in the car, believing she was sleeping or passed out.
When Peter Spaulding went out to the car to check on her several hours later, she was “clearly deceased,” Carriero said.
Peter Spaulding panicked and drove the body to near where Carrie Spaulding lived, moving it from the car to the side of the road in the belief it would be discovered without any evidence of his involvement, Carrieo said.
The entire situation was “kind of sad,” Carriero said, noting that had Peter Spaulding called police or an ambulance when he first saw Carrie Spaulding unresponsive, he would have avoided criminal charges under the state’s Good Samaritan law. It was also possible Carrie Spaulding could have been revived, he added.