Eddington man sentenced to four years in stabbing incident

Posted Dec. 29, 2009, at 3:07 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine – An Eddington man acquitted last month of trying to kill his estranged wife and her boyfriend but found guilty of assault and violation of a protection order was sentenced Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to four years in prison.

A jury on Nov. 2 found Ryan Witmer, 33, not guilty of aggravated attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault, aggravated assault and burglary.

Jurors found him guilty of the lesser charges of simple assault on his ex-wife and violation of a protection from abuse order. Witmer’s legal team argued during the 5 1/2-day trial that although he should not have been at the house because of the protection from abuse order, Witmer was defending himself when he stabbed his then-wife’s boyfriend 11 times in the back.

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