Veazie man shot by police gets minimum jail time

Posted Aug. 26, 2011, at 12:29 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine man shot by Portland police while trying to flee in a car is going to spend nine months and one day in jail on his guilty plea of being a habitual driving offender.

The sentenced imposed on 30-year-old Jonathan Mitchell of Veazie was the mandatory minimum penalty for the offense. He will also have to spend nine months in jail on a charge of violating his probation.

The Portland Press Herald reported Justice Roland Cole said the sentence on the driving charge is not a judgment about Mitchell’s confrontation with police.

Police shot Mitchell April 10 after officers responded to a report he had broken into his ex-wife’s apartment and he refused to stop.

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Mitchell is planning to sue Portland police, claiming they used excessive use of force.


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