CORINTH, Maine — A local man who was indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury on May 25 on two counts of domestic violence assault and assault was charged again with domestic violence on May 31.
Joshua A. Masters, 25, was charged with two felonies and two other charges in last week’s incident, Deputy Steven Saucier of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday.
“He was under the influence and struck his spouse,” a 20-year-old woman, Saucier said. “He fled the scene before we got there.”
Masters, who has a history of domestic violence and running when police are called, according to court listings and articles printed in the Bangor Daily News, returned home to the Village Green Trailer Park after police left.
“We were called back because he was at the residence trying to get in,” Saucier said.
Masters was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence assault, “because of his prior history,” and felony tampering with a witness-victim because “he was trying to get her not to go to court to testify against him,” the deputy said.
Masters also was charged with obstruction of the report of a crime and violating his bail conditions. He was taken to Penobscot County Jail and remained there Wednesday night.
If convicted of the tampering with a witness-victim charge, the most severe of the charges against him, Masters could face a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.
“Tampering with a victim is pretty serious especially when you’re dealing with a domestic violence issue,” Saucier said. “We want to do whatever we can to protect the victim.”