May 22, 2018
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Brooklin man pleads guilty in vehicle theft

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — On the eve of going to trial, a Brooklin man has pleaded guilty to charges that he drove a vehicle while drunk and after his license had been suspended.

John W. Massey, 41, was sentenced Monday in Hancock County Superior Court to time served in jail and ordered to pay $2,600 in fines and other charges. His license to drive a motor vehicle in Maine also was suspended for four years, according to Superior Court records.

Massey was charged with being an aggravated habitual offender, operating a motor vehicle after revocation of his license, criminal operating while under the influence of intoxicants, driving to endanger, and theft in connection with a Feb. 9, 2008, incident in Brooklin in which he stole a woman’s sport utility vehicle and got it stuck in a snowbank on Route 175. At the time, Massey was driving with a 0.19 blood alcohol content, court records indicate. In Maine, driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher is illegal.

On Monday, Massey pleaded guilty to operating after revocation and criminal OUI. He got credit for 14 months of jail he had served after his probation from a previous conviction in 2005 on similar charges was revoked. He faces up to five more years behind bars on the operating after revocation conviction if his probation is revoked for any further criminal behavior, according to court records.

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