June 22, 2018
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Tremont man, 20, sentenced to 60 days in jail for home invasion

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Tremont man has been sentenced to serve 60 days behind bars for his role in a local home invasion last year, according to court records.

Zachary R. Rand, 20, also was ordered by Justice Kevin Cuddy to pay $1,000 restitution in connection with the Jan. 14, 2010, incident.

Rand was sentenced March 3 in Hancock County Superior Court after having pleaded guilty to one count each of assault and criminal mischief. Rand was indicted in February 2010 on those charges and additional charges of burglary and aggravated criminal trespass, but the burglary and aggravated criminal trespass charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Rand received concurrent sentences of 60 days each for the assault and criminal mischief convictions, court documents indicate.

The charges stemmed from an incident in the early hours of Jan. 14, 2010, in which Rand and another man broke into a home on Woodland Drive and assaulted a man inside. Rand and the other man, Dakota Harkins, 20, allegedly assaulted the victim twice at two homes in Tremont early that morning.

Harkins was sentenced in December  to 3 ½ years behind bars with all but 60 days suspended after pleading guilty to multiple charges stemming from the incident. Harkins pleaded guilty to burglary, criminal mischief, assault and violating conditions of release, according to court documents.

Harkins had prior theft convictions in Ellsworth District Court before the home invasion, court documents indicate. Since the incident, but before his sentencing, Harkins completed a treatment program in Limestone.

Police said at the time of the home invasion that the two men had been drinking and were intoxicated when they assaulted the man at a home near Kellytown Road. The victim, who had not been drinking, left and went back to his house after the initial assault, according to police.

But he called 911 around 2:30 a.m. to report that two men with a knife were forcing their way into his Woodland Drive home, police said. While on the phone, the caller told police the two attackers had entered the home. Then the caller hung up. Rand and Harkins assaulted the man a second time and then left on all-terrain vehicles.

The victim had minor injuries and was treated at his house by ambulance personnel. Police later found Rand and Harkins, who also had sustained minor injuries in the incident, and arrested them both.

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