ELLSWORTH , Maine —- A local man who was ordered nine years ago to pay still owes most of that money to victims in a case where he rammed his pickup truck into beehives at a Hancock blueberry farm.
Craig Austin Golden, 27, appeared July 26 in Hancock County Superior Court for a hearing about the status of a 2002 restitution order for $4,630. According to William Entwisle, Hancock County Assistant District Attorney, the matter was continued until Dec. 15 to give Golden more time to come up with the money.
According to superior court records, as of April of this year Golden still owed $4,153.68 from the 2002 case.
Golden was 17 years old in May 2002 when he was driving his truck with friends on blueberry barrens off Thorsen Road in Hancock. A bee stung Golden on the back of the neck, police said at the time, which caused Golden to lose his temper and to drive his truck into approximately 80 beehives that had been placed on the barrens to pollinate the bushes.
Golden became a suspect in the case when police later found a Bible with Golden’s name in it at the scene of the crime. Police surmised the book had fallen out of Golden’s pickup truck during the incident, and Golden later told police the Bible was his, police have said.
That September, after he turned 18 years old and was no longer considered a juvenile, Golden pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal mischief and was ordered to pay $4,630 in restitution for the damage to the bees and the hives, according to stories previously published in the Bangor Daily News. He received a fully suspended 364-day sentence on the criminal mischief convictions
At the time of the plea agreement, Golden was serving 60 days in jail on an unrelated charge of driving to endanger.
Attempts this week to contact Golden were unsuccessful. Golden is not listed in local phone directories and Ferdinand Slater, his former attorney, is serving with the Army in Afghanistan.