Man to serve one year for robbery

Posted June 01, 2009, at 11:19 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Eddington man who donned a Halloween mask and threatened a Brewer store clerk with a knife on Oct. 31 was sentenced Monday in Penobscot County Superior Court to five years in prison with all but a year suspended for his part in the robbery.

Jesse D. Hatch, 19, also was sentenced by Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy to three years of probation for being part of a foursome involved in the Halloween robbery of the Family Dollar store on Wilson Street.

Hatch, who earlier this year pleaded guilty to armed robbery and theft of more than $2,600, apologized to the court and his family for his involvement in the scheme that was planned by a store employee.

Family members told Murphy that Hatch’s involvement in the robbery was “out of character.” One relative described it as a “Halloween prank.”

Greg Campbell, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County, asked that the judge order Hatch to serve 18 months in prison. The defendant’s attorney, Marianne Lynch of Bangor, urged the judge to sentence Hatch to six months in the Penobscot County Jail.

Charles Dion, 20, of Brewer, who worked at the store and planned the crime, pleaded guilty earlier this year to robbery and theft. His sentencing date has not been set.

Campbell said last month he would recommend that Dion serve four years in prison for masterminding the robbery plan.

At about 7:20 p.m. last Halloween, Hatch and Jason A. Goodin, 20, of Holden, wearing masks, entered the store at the Brewer Shopping Center, Brewer police Capt. Jason Moffitt said in November.

Hatch was armed with a folding hunting knife with a 4-inch blade when he and Goodin approached the front cash registers and demanded cash, Campbell said Monday.

The two men fled to a getaway car driven by Raeleigh Hill, 18, of Eddington, who was waiting at a nearby bank parking lot, the prosecutor told the judge. The trio immediately went to the Bangor Mall, where the men made purchases, the prosecutor told the judge.

Hill and Goodin were sentenced last month to jail time.

Goodin 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.

Hill 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 Campbell.

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

The three have been ordered to pay restitution.

Dion also is expected to be ordered to repay a portion of the money stolen.

Each defendant most likely would be responsible for repaying a quarter of the more than $2,600 taken in the robbery.

jharrison@bangordailynews.net

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