June 22, 2018
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2 sentenced in robbery at Family Dollar store

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Two of the four people convicted in the robbery of the Family Dollar store in Brewer last Halloween were sentenced Thursday in Penobscot County Superior Court to jail time.

Jason A. Goodin, 20, of Holden was sentenced to four years with all but six months suspended and three years of probation for armed robbery and theft. He pleaded guilty to the charges earlier this year.

Raeleigh Hill, 18, of Eddington was sentenced to three years with all but nine months suspended for theft. She admitted driving the getaway car but did not actually participate in the robbery, according to Greg Campbell, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County.

Goodin and Hill began serving their sentences after their court appearances.

Charles Dion, 20, of Brewer earlier this year pleaded guilty to armed robbery and Jesse D. Hatch, 19, of Eddington pleaded guilty to robbery. Both men also pleaded guilty to theft.

Hatch is scheduled to be sentenced on June 1. Dion’s sentencing date has not been set.

“We were somewhat disappointed that [Goodin] only got six months to serve given the seriousness of charge,” Campbell said Thursday afternoon. “We have someone directly involved with armed robbery and felt he should have served a year [in prison].”

Campbell said that Superior Court Justice Nancy Mills most likely imposed a longer sentence on Hill because she would be able to serve two-thirds of her sentence under some form of house arrest or strict curfew. Goodin would not, the prosecutor said, and must serve all of his six-month sentence in the Penobscot County Jail.

The District Attorney’s Office will recommend that Dion, who worked at the store and was the mastermind in the robbery scheme, serve four years in prison and that Hatch serve 18 months in prison, according to Campbell.

Last Halloween, Oct. 31, Hatch and Goodin, wearing masks, entered the store at the Brewer Shopping Center at about 7:20 p.m., Brewer police Capt. Jason Moffitt told the BDN in November.

Hatch was armed with a knife when they approached the front cash registers and demanded cash, Moffitt said. About $2,500 was taken in the robbery, Campbell said earlier this year.

Information about whether the judge ordered the defendants sentenced Thursday to pay restitution was not available late Thursday.

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