May 28, 2018
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Bangor man pleads guilty to attempted home invasion

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Dennis Wood pleaded guilty Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to charges connected with an attempted home invasion in December.

Wood, 46, of Bangor will spend 20 years in prison for the Bangor incident and a more serious home invasion three years ago in Somerset County, according to his plea agreement with prosecutors.

He pleaded guilty Tuesday to robbery, a Class A crime, and aggravated assault, a Class B crime. Those charges stemmed from an attempted home invasion in Bangor on Dec. 13, Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County, told District Court Judge Bruce Jordan Tuesday.

By pleading guilty, Wood admitted that he and another man, who has not been apprehended, knocked on the door of a Newton Street residence in Bangor about 6 p.m. Dec. 13 and asked for help. They told the homeowner that their car had broken down, Roberts told the judge.

When the homeowner told them to remain on the porch while he went into the house to get a phone for the men to use, the two tried to break in, but the homeowner fought them off, the prosecutor said. Wood and the other man took off when a female inside the house told them she had called the police.

The duo left behind a brown backpack containing zip ties, rope and duct tape, Roberts said. Wood admitted that the backpack was his when he was interviewed by Bangor police a month after the attempted home invasion.

Charges related to an alleged assault in Bangor on his relatives in early January are scheduled to be dismissed at Wood’s sentencing, set for May 5. Wood most likely will plead guilty then to a July 2008 incident in Palmyra when he allegedly entered an elderly woman’s home, demanded money and stole $5,000 in cash before tying her up and leaving. He is charged with Class A robbery, Class B burglary and Class C theft in connection with that case.

Roberts said that Wood’s plea agreement calls for the defendant to be sentenced to 20 years in each case and for him to serve the time concurrently.

On Tuesday, the judge ordered that Wood be held without bail until his sentencing. Wood has been held at the Penobscot County Jail unable to make bail since his arrest on Jan. 4 at a relative’s home in Bangor.

Wood has previous convictions for drug possession, theft, burglary and operating after revocation, according to the Bangor Daily News archives.

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