June 22, 2018
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Stabbing over beer gets man two years

By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A South Thomaston man who pleaded guilty to stabbing another man in an argument over beer will serve two years in prison.

Ryan Kelly, 34, was sentenced on Dec. 15 in Knox County Superior Court to six years in prison with all but two years suspended, plus three years of probation, on a charge of elevated aggravated assault.

The charge stemmed from a quarrel at the victim’s home on Feb. 7.

“[The victim] and Ryan Kelly got into an argument over beer,” states the police report filed in court. “[The victim] stated that Ryan attempted to steal beer from him, so they got into a fistfight. Ryan then stabbed [the victim] several times with an unknown object.”

According to witnesses, Kelly, the victim and four of the victim’s friends left a bar on Feb. 7 and went to the victim’s mobile home on Beechwood Street in Warren to continue partying.

At some point, the victim denied Kelly any more beer, and a fight ensued.

“Ryan became angry with [the victim] because [he] wouldn’t give him any more beer. Ryan and [the victim] began to yell at each other and then a few punches were thrown,” the police report states. Then, “Ryan began stabbing [the victim].”

One of the witnesses called 911 at about 3:45 a.m.

By the time police arrived at the mobile home, a blood-covered Kelly was standing outside. Inside, the victim was bleeding from 10 stab wounds and fading in and out of consciousness.

The victim was taken to Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport where he was stabilized. He then was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

“They were concerned about internal organ damage,” said Knox County Sheriff’s Office Detective Dwight Burtis.

The victim was treated and was home two days later.

Kelly was treated at Penobscot Bay Medical Center for injuries to his head suffered in the fight, Burtis said.

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