Eddington man sentenced to four years in stabbing incident

During a recess at Penobscot Superior Court, Ryan Witmer briefly turns towards the gallery behind him while conferring with his defense team--Portland attorneys Daniel Lilley(left, standing) and Darrick Banda (cq) (seated, right) Monday afternoon, October 26, 2009. Witmer, of Eddington, was charged with trying to kill his estranged wife and her male friend in the summer of 2008. (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)
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During a recess at Penobscot Superior Court, Ryan Witmer briefly turns towards the gallery behind him while conferring with his defense team--Portland attorneys Daniel Lilley(left, standing) and Darrick Banda (cq) (seated, right) Monday afternoon, October 26, 2009. Witmer, of Eddington, was charged with trying to kill his estranged wife and her male friend in the summer of 2008. (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
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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