Former Garland lawmaker indicted on gun charges

Posted Oct. 08, 2011, at 10:11 a.m.
Rep. Fred Wintle, R-Garland (right) is escorted back to Kennebec County jail in May, 2011, by House Republicans Chief of Staff Earl Bierman (left), following Wintle's Harnish hearing at Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta. Wintle has resigned from his House seat less than four months after he was arrested for allegedly pointing a loaded handgun at a man in Waterville.
Andy Molloy, Kennebec Journal | AP
Rep. Fred Wintle, R-Garland (right) is escorted back to Kennebec County jail in May, 2011, by House Republicans Chief of Staff Earl Bierman (left), following Wintle's Harnish hearing at Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta. Wintle has resigned from his House seat less than four months after he was arrested for allegedly pointing a loaded handgun at a man in Waterville.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A former legislator who was barred from the State House after being charged with pulling a loaded gun on a stranger in a parking lot has been indicted.

A Kennebec County Superior Court jury indicted Frederick Wintle on Friday on charges of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, reckless conduct and carrying a concealed weapon. Wintle resigned on Sept. 13.

His attorney has said Wintle’s actions were the result of a mental breakdown. Leonard Sharon says Wintle remains in treatment.

Sharon said he wanted to resolve the case in a way that would allow Wintle to avoid a felony conviction; he said he negotiated with District Attorney Evert Fowle.

Fowle tells the Kennebec Journal an earlier attempt had been made to resolve the matter, but it wasn’t successful.

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