2 defendants found guilty in brawl

Posted Oct. 30, 2009, at 9:31 p.m.

MACHIAS, Maine — Sean MacArthur, 22, and Adam Casey, 26, both of Baileyville were found guilty of a combined five charges Friday by a jury at Washington County Superior Court.

The case revolved around a brawl in August 2007 between a group of Baileyville teenagers and men and a group of Indian Township boys and men. Two Indian Township boys were injured in the fracas.

The conjoined trial began Tuesday and was placed in the jury’s hands Thursday afternoon.

MacArthur was found guilty of aggravated assault, a Class B crime punishable by up to 10 years in jail, simple assault on one victim, and criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon on all victims.

Casey was found guilty of assault on the second victim and criminal threatening against all victims. Both convictions are Class D crimes punishable by less than one year in prison.

“The state is very satisfied with the verdict,” First Assistant District Attorney Paul Cavanaugh said Friday afternoon. “The jury clearly listened to the evidence.”

Justice E. Allen Hunter continued sentencing of the two men until next month.

MacArthur and Casey are two of five Baileyville males charged with confronting five Indian Township youths in a credit union parking lot in August 2007 with sticks, a metal rod and two-by-four boards.

The victims were Indian males, whose ages at the time were 13, 14, 15, 16 and 20.

The other three men charged were Corey Townsend, who was 17 at the time, his brother, David Townsend, 21 then, and Nicholas James, 18 then.

Both Townsend brothers were found guilty of assault, and the case against James is pending. David Townsend was sentenced to one year in jail and two years probation. Corey Townsend was sentenced to a one-year term at a juvenile correction facility with all but five days suspended, and two years of probation.

The brawl was investigated as a possible race-based hate crime, and all five Baileyville men signed consent agreements with the Maine Attorney General’s Office under the Maine Human Rights Act. The agreements barred them from having contact with the victims and required them to refrain from violating the Maine Civil Rights Act.

During testimony this week, the victims testified they were surrounded by the Baileyville men and one Indian boy was attacked and injured. A second Indian boy was hurt when he attempted to assist his injured friend.

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