June 21, 2018
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Second woman sentenced in kidnapping

By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 27-year-old woman was sentenced Monday to nine months in prison and a $300 fine for her involvement in the kidnapping and beating of a teenage girl last December.

Tara Corrieri of Augusta pleaded guilty to assault and kidnapping Monday in Knox County Superior Court.

Corrieri told Rockland police that she got involved after being invited to her friend Jessica Gagnon’s Thomaston apartment for drinks on Dec. 5, according to a report filed with the court by Detective Russell Thompson. Corrieri said that when she arrived at the apartment, Gagnon told her she was going somewhere to beat someone up, according to the report.

Gagnon, 28, and Corrieri then went to another woman’s home in Rockland, where the teen victim had been invited that night, Thompson wrote. As they waited for the teen to arrive, Corrieri and the host sat in the kitchen, and two other women and one man hid in a bathroom, the report said.

After the teen arrived and was invited into the living room, Gagnon, Felicity Hall Butler and Zachary Clarke ran out of the bathroom toward her, Thompson wrote. The victim tried to run away, but “[Corrieri] said [Gagnon] got hold of [the teen] and brutalized her. [Corrieri] said [Gagnon] started smashing [the teen’s] face into the ground,” according to police. According to the victim, Corrieri was on top of her, helping with the beating.

The crew, including Corrieri, then got into a car with the teen, police said. The girl said Corrieri and Gagnon continued to hit her during the car ride. Corrieri told police that Gagnon made the teen call herself worthless and say that Gagnon was better than she was. The teen begged for the beating to stop.

When they arrived at Gagnon’s apartment, Gagnon grabbed the girl by the hair and dragged her into the apartment, according to the report. Corrieri followed them. The victim told Corrieri she didn’t want to be there and Corrieri said she felt the same way, according to the police report. Gagnon told them neither of them could leave, police said.

Corrieri initially told police that she never hit the teen.

Gagnon was sentenced earlier this month to 16 months in prison after she 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.

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