Lawmaker accused of drawing gun on man released on bail

Posted June 20, 2011, at 10:08 a.m.
Maine state Rep. Frederick Wintle, R-Garland, right, is escorted back to Kennebec County jail on Monday, May 23, 2011 by Maine House Republicans Chief of Staff Earl Bierman, left, and two deputies following Wintle's Harnish hearing at Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta, Maine.
Andy Molloy | Kennebec Journal, via AP
Maine state Rep. Frederick Wintle, R-Garland, right, is escorted back to Kennebec County jail on Monday, May 23, 2011 by Maine House Republicans Chief of Staff Earl Bierman, left, and two deputies following Wintle's Harnish hearing at Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta, Maine.
Frederick Wintle
Waterville Police Department | AP
Frederick Wintle

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Garland lawmaker charged with pulling a gun on a man in a doughnut shop parking lot is free on bail.

Rep. Frederick Wintle of Garland was released from the Kennebec County Jail on Thursday on $3,500 bail. He is prohibited from possessing any dangerous weapons, can’t have contact with the victim and must submit to random searches. He’s also barred from returning to the State House without express permission from House Speaker Robert Nutting.

Wintle was charged May 21 with criminal threatening and carrying a concealed weapon after allegedly pulling a gun on a man he didn’t know in a Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot in Waterville.

Wintle was transferred to a southern Maine psychiatric hospital for evaluation before returning to the jail on Thursday, where he then posted bail.

 

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