morse sentencing

Convicted murderer Morse, center, confessed to the crime at sentencing in Hancock County Court on Thursday.

Convicted murderer William Morse at his sentencing July 2 admitted to killing Richard Bellittieri, describing how he shot the Trenton accountant twice in the head and once in the foot in July 2012.

Speaking against the advice of his attorneys, Jeffrey Toothaker and David Bate, Morse told the court that he flew into a rage after waking up soaked in urine at the duplex he was helping Bellittieri build on the morning after the two had a disagreement.

ELLSWORTH — Convicted murderer William Morse was sentenced to serve 60 years in prison for the 2012 shooting death of a Trenton man who hired him to help in the construction of a duplex on the Goose Cove Road.

At the July 2 sentencing hearing in Hancock County Unified Criminal Court, Morse, against the advice of his attorneys, confessed to killing 61-year-old Richard Bellittieri and stealing what prosecutors said was $180,000 from the victim’s bank and investment accounts. In April, a jury found Morse, 45, of Fishkill, N.Y., and Otis guilty of murder. Morse did not take the stand during the trial; defense attorneys Jeffrey Toothaker and David Bate claimed the evidence against their client was circumstantial and suggested that others had a motive to murder Bellittieri.