Judge adds two months to Swan’s Island man’s sentence

Posted June 16, 2010, at 9:46 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:09 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A federal judge has sentenced a Swan’s Island man to serve two more months behind bars after he finishes serving a state theft sentence sometime this summer.

Shaun G. Lemoine, 30, was sentenced in February to serve six months in Hancock County Jail after he pleaded guilty to stealing more than $2,000 worth of lobster from a lobster dealer on Swan’s Island.

The theft also was a violation of Lemoine’s federal supervised release. He had been found guilty in 2006 of federal charges of trying to obtain firearms while under indictment and then served a year in federal prison in Fort Dix, N.J.

By violating his supervised release, Lemoine faced going back to federal prison for up to two years, according to federal court documents.

On Tuesday, Chief U.S. District Judge John A. Woodcock ordered Lemoine to serve two more months behind bars after he completes his state theft sentence at Hancock County Jail. Lemoine is expected to finish serving the six-month state sentence in July.

Virginia Villa, the federal defense attorney appointed to represent Lemoine, said Wednesday that she is not sure where Lemoine will have to serve the additional two months. With relatively short terms, the Federal Bureau of Prisons sometimes allows federal prisoners to serve time in state prisons or county jails, she said.

Villa said she thought the two months of additional federal incarceration was appropriate.

“I think Judge Woodcock considered many factors and imposed a reasonable sentence,” Villa said.

A message left for federal prosecutors involved in Lemoine’s case was not immediately returned Wednesday afternoon.

Lemoine has an extensive criminal history that has made him a polarizing figure in the offshore community of Swan’s Island, where he grew up and where his parents and siblings live. His criminal history includes stealing a wood stove from a neighbor, a television antenna from another, fishing without a license, and slashing a man’s tires because the man had been given a haircut by Lemoine’s wife, according to court documents.

He also has been accused of vandalizing property owned by other island residents and of trying to intimidate people to prevent them from talking to law enforcement officials.

During an interview last month at Hancock County Jail, Lemoine denied having shot at anyone’s house to intimidate them, but acknowledged having broken the law several times. He said he plans to stay out of trouble so he can resume supporting his wife and two young sons when he is released from custody.