Kidnapper sentenced to 16 months in jail

Posted Sept. 14, 2010, at 8:34 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:33 a.m.
Jessica Gagnon. (Photo courtesy of Knox County Jail) (accused of kidnapping and beating)
Jessica Gagnon. (Photo courtesy of Knox County Jail) (accused of kidnapping and beating)

ROCKLAND, Maine — One of the women accused of kidnapping and beating an 18-year-old woman last December has been sentenced to spend 16 months in jail.

Jessica E. Gagnon, 28, of Thomaston pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping, violation of conditions of release, tampering with a witness, assault and terrorizing during a Sept. 9 hearing at Knox County Superior Court.

Justice Jeffrey Hjelm sentenced Gagnon to seven years in jail with all but 16 months suspended. When she gets out, she will be placed on probation for three years, according to court documents.

Gagnon and Felicity Butler, 31, of Rockland lured the teen on Dec. 5 to a Rockland apartment by inviting her for drinks and then attacked her when she arrived, according to police.

Butler is still awaiting trial for her alleged role in the attack.

Gagnon and Butler grabbed the girl when she arrived and pushed her out of the apartment, and Gagnon allegedly punched her while dragging her down the street and into Gagnon’s car, according to police reports.

The victim then was driven to Gagnon’s Thomaston apartment, while continuing to be beaten by Gagnon, according to the report. A witness, who also was in the car, said that the teen cried and begged for the beating to stop, police said.

The victim’s boyfriend called police to report there was a problem. When responding officers went to Gagnon’s apartment, they yelled through the door that they wanted to make sure the girl was safe and not being held against her will.

Although the victim called police from the apartment through the dispatch center saying that she was fine and didn’t want any help, her voice sounded shaky and a detective heard another voice in the background telling her to hang up.

Police entered the apartment and found Gagnon and the victim inside, according to the police report. The teen had bruising around her eyes and a cut under her eye.

The victim was taken to the Rockland Police Department and told officers that she couldn’t leave because she was being guarded by the two women, who told her she could leave the apartment only after her face healed, according to the police report.

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