Man arrested after allegedly hiding in basement of woman, 78

Posted March 09, 2011, at 8:25 p.m.
Last modified March 10, 2011, at 9:02 a.m.
Mark Belleisle
PHOTO COURTESY OF WALDO COUNTY JAIL
Mark Belleisle

BELFAST, Maine — A man who was sentenced to serve nine months in prison after attacking his girlfriend’s 78-year-old mother last year is once again behind bars after allegedly entering and hiding in the same woman’s home early Monday morning.

Mark Belleisle, 53, of Belfast, was arrested and charged with violation of a protection order after an incident that began when the woman heard him in her house before 5 a.m., according to Detective Bryan Cunningham of the Belfast Police Department.

The woman fled her house, intending to seek help at a neighbor’s home, but spent a significant amount of time barefoot in the snow before getting that help, Cunningham said.

Police responded and found Belleisle hiding in a small basement under the house. They arrested him at 5:08 a.m., Cunningham said.

Belleisle was booked and taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, and was arraigned Wednesday at Belfast District Court via video link.

He is being held on $1,000 cash bail, according to a jail official.

In July, Belleisle was convicted of assaulting the woman so badly last February she needed to go to a hospital for treatment. According to police reports from that time, Belleisle had grabbed the victim during an argument and then thrown her to the floor, lacerating her elbow and arm and also bruising her.

He was found guilty of five counts of violating the conditions of his release and was sentenced to 30 months in prison with all but nine months and one day suspended for each count. Belleisle also was sentenced to two years of probation for each count. Additionally, he was found guilty of assault, fined $300 and sentenced to 30 days in jail.

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