Convicted murderer back in jail after violating probation for fourth time

Posted May 20, 2011, at 5:39 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A convicted murderer is back in jail. Again.

Earl Nash, 41, of Rockland faces having his probation revoked for the fourth time since he left prison three years ago after serving about 16 years for murder.

On May 13, police spotted Nash leaving a hotel in Camden where they knew drug transactions were happening. When a Maine Drug Enforcement Agency agent pulled Nash over, he found him in possession of a 12-inch knife, a 3-inch switchblade and a realistic looking pellet gun. Police also found him with a strip of suboxone and he tested positive for opiates. Nash confessed that he knew he wasn’t supposed to have any of the weapons. According to police documents filed in Knox County Superior Court, Nash said he was working on getting rid of the weapons when police found him. Further, Nash said he had lent a friend a suboxone pill, which he was prescribed, and the friend paid him back with a strip of the drug. Because he did not have a prescription for the strip version of the drug, he also was charged with illegal possession of drugs.

On Friday, a judge ordered Nash be held without bail in Knox County Jail.

Nash was incarcerated after he admitted to his role in the death of Carroll Howard, 82, of Warren during a 1992 robbery. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison with all but 16 years and 274 days suspended. He also received six years probation.

According to Bangor Daily News reports at the time, Nash and two other men beat Howard about the face. Howard was alive when the men left the trailer but was unable to summon help because the intruders had removed his phone from the wall. He died a few days later. The men got away with a telephone, a toolbox and a camera.

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