OccupyMaine protester gets a year in prison for hitting man with hatchet

Posted March 22, 2012, at 8:07 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A man who participated in the OccupyMaine protest in Portland has been sentenced to a year in prison for hitting another protester in the head with a hatchet.

Christopher Schisler was sentenced to 8½ years in prison, with all but one year suspended, after pleading guilty Wednesday to aggravated assault. A criminal mischief charge was dismissed.

Authorities say the dispute in Lincoln Park started when Alan Porter began banging a drum around 7 a.m. on Nov. 18 to wake up fellow campers. The 35-year-old Schisler broke the drum with a hatchet, Porter threw the drum at Schisler, who hit Porter with the blunt side of the hatchet.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Porter told the judge he had no ill will toward Schisler.

Schisler’s attorney says his client is remorseful.

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