Former Garland lawmaker indicted on gun charges

Posted Oct. 08, 2011, at 10:11 a.m.

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.