ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Lamoine man was sentenced Thursday to serve nine years behind bars for the January 2005 robbery of his grandmother.
Steven Wayne Robbins, 39, received an overall sentence of 15 years with all but nine years suspended for the crime, in which he and another person broke into his grandmother’s Buttermilk Road home while she slept, handcuffed her, put a pillowcase over her head and made off with a safe containing several thousand dollars in cash.
Justice Kevin Cuddy, presiding in Hancock County Superior Court, also imposed a probation term of six years after Robbins is released and a restitution of $10,001 dollars. The jury found that Robbins had stolen more than $10,000 from his grandmother, Cuddy said, but it was unclear how much more money beyond that, if any, was in the safe at the time of the robbery.
Carletta Bassano, deputy district attorney for Hancock County, told Cuddy that Robbins grandmother testified that the safe contained $25,000 in cash. The reason she initially told police it contained $2,000 was because of the shock of the robbery and because she was concerned that she could stand to lose her Medicare benefits, Bassano said.
Robbins’ wife Juanita Mullins, who had also been charged in the crime but was acquitted after Cuddy determined there was not enough evidence to convict her, attended the sentencing with other members of Robbins’ family. Robbins grandmother sat with a small group of people on the other side of the courtroom gallery.
The grandmother did not address the court, but did provide the court with a written statement that was read aloud by Bassano.
“My life is never going to be the same as it was before I was robbed,” Bassano read from the note. “I still wake up at nights thinking I am being smothered. You didn’t have to hold that pillow over my face.”
Bassano said Robbins knew his grandmother had health problems, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
“Her peace of mind and her security have been taken from her by someone she should have been able to depend on,” Bassano said of Robbins’ grandmother.
Robbins chose not to address the court during the proceeding. Mullins, who did not speak in court or to the media, sat down on a courtroom bench and buried her face in her hands after her husband hand been led off to jail to begin serving his sentence.