Following emotional courtroom remarks from Maureen’s relatives, Argie, 49, announced that he intended to appeal the guilty verdict, alleging several errors in his trial.
He testified he found his 41-year-old wife dead in their Londonderry home on April 4, 2019. Jurors, however, quickly agreed he was guilty of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence.
Prosecutors attributed Argie’s motive to his wife’s $400,000 life insurance policy, impending divorce and worsening financial problems. Their case also involved attempted murder for hire.
A man Argie played with, James Timbas, confirmed the theory when he contacted police after learning of Maureen’s death.
According to Timbas, Argie complained about his wife and their relationship when he performed, as well as how he “hated her and wanted to get rid of her”.
He claims that several weeks before Maureen was found dead, Argie offered him a share of his wife’s insurance policy if he would help kill her.
When Timbas said he refused, he was offered a smaller sum of money to find a “hitman” to carry out the murder, which Timbas said he also refused.
Argie spent 911 days in jail before his trial. Several delays have been attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The eventual sentencing ended with Judge Marguerite Wageling offering her condolences to Maureen’s family and a message for Argie.
“The evidence against you in this case was overwhelming, as evidenced by the swift verdict that was reached in this case. Your selfish, narcissistic, and possibly addiction-fueled behavior has led to the devastation of your family,” a- she declared.
“Not just your mother or your sisters or the Gaudets, but especially two young children. The ripple effect is going to be lifelong. Every time someone talks about family in front of your kids, they’re going to relive that pain.”
Both Argie children, a boy and a girl, are in primary school. Family members told the court they had stepped up to provide support.
“My heart breaks for Ella and Gavin, who went to school that day, happy little kids,” said Maureen’s aunt, Kathleen Arenburg. “At the end of their school day, their lives had changed forever.”
Erin Gaudet pays tribute to Maureen, her sister-in-law, for her invaluable guidance and counsel, both at home and professionally as a social worker.
“All who witnessed this trial may have heard kind words about Moe, but that would not do justice to her strength and the love that radiated from her for her children,” she said. .
She watches her husband, Matt Gaudet, go to the cemetery every weekend to visit his sister.
Their mother, Anne Gaudet, read aloud in court from a letter she wrote to Maureen following her murder.
“I miss the opportunity to swap new recipes, give ideas on mundane household chores, share book titles, recommend TV shows to watch, suggest experiences to seek out and explore,” she said.
“I hate that you missed out on so many firsts and rights of passage that were yours, as their mother.”
During one of their last conversations, Anne told her daughter that she was strong and that she would get through this difficult time of separation and divorce.
She tried to save her favorite memories, those that define Maureen, with a photo album. Her favorite photo, she said, is of Maureen standing on a rooftop, wearing a tool belt while working for Habitat of Humanity.
She repaired trails in Appalachia, prepared taxes for the elderly and in low-income communities, organized clothing drives, painted schools and churches, replanted dunes in the Outer Banks.
Matt Gaudet stressed that his niece and nephew “will be loved and loved and loved, except by the one person who loved them more than anything, their one and only mother, Maureen”.