May 24, 2018
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Alleged drug use sends Hart back to jail

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

The LaGrange man who remained free on $100,000 cash bail after pleading guilty Wednesday, Oct. 15, to a manslaughter charge in the death of his wife last year was scheduled to be back in front of a judge Wednesday. Jeremy Hart, 35, was arrested Monday on a alleged bail violation.

Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson, who is prosecuting the case, asked Superior Court Justice William Anderson to hold Hart without bail. Benson alleged that Hart had committed new crimes by using drugs.

Benson said that he a witness in courtroom who would testify to that. Anderson refused to consider Benson’s request because the prosecutor had not filed a motion to revoke Hart’s bail.

Defense attorney Stephen Smith of Bangor denied that Hart had used drugs and “was ready to pee in a cup right now.” Apparently, Benson filed motion late last week or early Monday. Maine State Police said Monday troopers had arrested Hart about 1:30 p.m. that afternoon on the bail violation charge. A judge could release Hart on new bail until a hearing on the motion to revoke his bail can be scheduled and heard. Hart is expected to be sentenced during the first two weeks of November.

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