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SURVIVAL: Father and daughter continue to heal years after brutal machete attack

<p>A man from Augusta, convicted in a brutal attack on a father and daughter, has exhausted what appears to be his last attempt at freedom.</p>

Chris Rose

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Published: 4/27/2017 8:11:31 PM
Updated: 8:11 PM EDT April 27, 2017

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Years later, the scars of a brutal machete attack still visible, a father and daughter continue the healing process.

A man from Augusta, convicted in a brutal attack on a father and daughter, has exhausted what appears to be his last attempt at freedom.

Daniel Fortune will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars, after the Maine Supreme Court rejected his appeal earlier this month. His victims also received a life sentence of pain, memory loss and the scars of a horrific attack.

“It was rural Maine, you don’t think about being safe in your bed, in your home, at night”, said William Guerrette.

Maine is considered a safe place to live. Violent crimes against innocent people are the exception, not the norm here. But every now and then our sense of security is shaken to the core. That’s what happened to one family, inside their home, on a quiet spring night 9-years ago.

“The alarm went off and I don’t remember the exact words. Intruder, intruder please leave immediately, the police are being contacted. Something like that, that the alarm system says", Guerrette said.