ROCKLAND, Maine — A 20-year-old Rockland man who trashed and terrorized the special care unit at the local hospital last fall will serve nine months in jail.
Trevor Libby was sentenced Wednesday in Knox County Superior Court to three years in jail with all but nine months and one day suspended.
Libby also was ordered to pay $8,298 in restitution to Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport for damage he did at the hospital.
Police said Libby was under the influence of the illegal drug known as bath salts when he was admitted for treatment on Oct. 25 at PBMC. Two days later he became violent and threw chairs through windows and glass doors at the hospital. He also broke equipment including a monitor in the special care unit.
He pleaded guilty on April 24 to aggravated criminal mischief and terrorizing and was sentenced the next day by Justice Jeffrey Hjelm.
The chief operating officer of the hospital submitted a victim statement on behalf of PBMC.
“[Libby] not only caused physical damage to our special care unit but he caused our patients and staff to experience significant fear in what should be a healing environment,” stated Eric Waters in a letter to the court.
The hospital had to pay for local police officers to provide security, more hospital security officers were hired, and building modifications were made in response to the violent incident, Waters stated in his letter. Those costs exceeded $100,000, he stated.
Libby had been released on bail after his initial arrest for the hospital vandalism but was rearrested twice for failing to adhere to terms of his pretrial contract with Maine Pretrial Services. He was given lesser concurrent sentences for violating his conditions of release.
Libby also received lesser concurrent sentences for two counts of assault and one count of terrorizing. Those charges were related to an incident on Feb. 13 at the Knox County Jail. According to police reports filed in court, Libby was throwing wet papers around his cell when two jail guards spoke to him about the condition of his cell. He became hostile, spat in their faces and threatened to keep punching officers until he was let out of jail. He also told one of the guards that he would have his family killed.
Libby then was placed in a new restraint chair at the jail and held there for a few hours until he calmed, according to the police report.