June 24, 2018
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Beals woman indicted in fatal robbery attempt

Photo courtesy photo Hancock County Jail | BDN
Photo courtesy photo Hancock County Jail | BDN
Ashley Crowley
By Rich Hewitt, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine  — A Hancock County grand jury on Thursday indicted a 24-year-old Beals  woman in connection with an attempted robbery in Eastbrook last December that led to the shooting death of her boyfriend.

According to Hancock County District Attorney Carletta Bassano, the indictment included numerous charges against Ashley Crowley, stemming from the Eastbrook incident and from other burglaries in Hancock County.

On Dec. 13 last year, Crowley allegedly went to a Roaring Brook Road home in Eastbrook with her boyfriend, Nicholas Richards, 23, of Machias. They were armed with pepper spray, a crowbar, a Taser, rope and a .38 caliber revolver. Crowley allegedly lured the man from his mobile home by telling him she had been involved in a car crash nearby, according to a State Police affidavit filed in December.

The man was suspicious and, before leaving his home, placed a .357-caliber Magnum handgun in his belt. After going outside, he allegedly was sprayed in the face by Crowley with pepper spray, and a man, assumed to be Richards, struck him repeatedly with a metal object. The homeowner had trouble seeing, but was able to get away to his Jeep where he pulled the handgun from his belt and fired three or four shots at a “silhouette moving toward him,” according to the document.

Richards made his way to the end of the driveway where he collapsed. Crowley allegedly loaded him into their car and called 911. At the urging of dispatchers, she pulled over on the side of the road on Route 200, where ambulance personnel found the car. Richards was pronounced dead at the scene.

The indictment also includes charges related to several other burglaries during December including the theft of pills and money from an 80-year-old woman in Brooklin, the theft of mail from a rural mailbox in Lamoine and a string of burglaries in Sedgwick.

Crowley is charged with one count of Class A burglary, two counts of Class B, two counts of Class A robbery, one count of Class B aggravated assault, two counts of theft, two counts of stealing drugs, obstructing the report of a crime, theft, criminal trespass, two counts criminal mischief, terrorizing and criminal use of disabling chemicals.

The most serious Class A offenses each are punishable by up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $50,000. The Class B crimes are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $20,000.

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