Ashland man charged in family stabbing

Posted March 07, 2011, at 10:17 p.m.

ASHLAND, Maine — An Ashland man has been charged with elevated aggravated assault after stabbing his younger brother during a family argument over the weekend, Ashland Police Chief Cyr Martin said Monday.

The victim was taken by ambulance to The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle and later flown to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Martin said that it appeared the victim suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and was taken to the Bangor hospital as a precaution.

Martin said that Robert Bowring, who is in his late 20s, was arrested and taken to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton shortly after the stabbing, which took place at about 10:15 p.m. Saturday.

According to Martin, Bowring and the victim, a younger brother also in his 20s, lived with their parents in Ashland.

The brothers started arguing at the home, and the fight quickly escalated, with Robert Bowring stabbing his brother with a knife during the confrontation, Martin said.

Martin said Bowring has been unable to make bail for the Class A crime, which is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Information on the condition of the victim was not available Monday evening.

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