MDI man sentenced to 3½ years in home invasion assault

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 24, 2011, at 9:28 p.m.

TREMONT, Maine — A local man has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison with all but 60 days suspended after pleading guilty to his involvement in a local home invasion a year ago.

Dakota Lee Harkins, 20, recently pleaded guilty in Hancock County Superior Court to charges of burglary, assault, criminal mischief and violating conditions of release, according to court documents. A charge of aggravated criminal trespass against Harkins was dismissed as part of the plea.

Harkins also was ordered to serve two years of probation, and to pay $1,000 in restitution and a $300 fine.

According to police, Harkins was involved in a Jan. 14, 2010, break-in at a home on Woodland Drive. Harkins and another man were accused of forcing their way into the victim’s home and then of assaulting him before fleeing on all-terrain vehicles. The victim suffered minor injuries in the attack, police said at the time.

A court affidavit indicates the men had gotten into an altercation with the victim earlier that evening at another man’s apartment. The victim had been accused of taking someone else’s iPod before he returned home and then was attacked, the affidavit indicates.

Harkins had prior theft convictions in Ellsworth District Court before he was arrested in connection with the home invasion, according to court documents. After the incident, Harkins completed a treatment program in Limestone before his sentencing late last month.

At his sentencing, Harkins was given credit for time he already had served behind bars, according to court documents.

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