June 24, 2018
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Cherryfield man pleads guilty in Cod Fish Race brawl

By Sharon Kiley Mack, BDN Staff

MACHIAS, Maine — Aaron Kennedy, 26, of Cherryfield entered a plea of guilty Monday in Washington County Superior Court to charges of assault on an officer, assault and disorderly conduct. His sentencing was set for Nov. 23.

Kennedy was arrested during Milbridge Days last July when police reported that a brawl broke out just after the annual Cod Fish Relay Race in Milbridge.

Milbridge Police Chief and Town Manager Lewis Pinkham was not only the victim, but the arresting officer.

Assault on an officer is a Class C crime, carrying a penalty of up to five years in prison.

Police said at the time that up to 60 people were involved in the melee; witnesses later reported it was a much smaller group of people.

Maine State Trooper Barry Curtis told the Bangor Daily News the day after the fight that at least 12 police units, including seven Maine State Police troopers and five Washington County sheriff’s deputies responded to a brawl on High Street about 4 p.m. Saturday, July 25. Two people were taken to a hospital for treatment, including Pinkham.

Pinkham said Tuesday that only Kennedy was arrested in the fight.

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