BANGOR, Maine — A York County man caught nearly two years ago in a truck with 101 pounds of marijuana was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to one year and four months in federal prison.
Roland Daggett, 45, of Lyman also was sentenced to three years of supervised release after he completes his prison term.
A former car dealership manager who was earning more than $100,000 a year when he was fired in August 2009, Daggett offered a tearful apology to the court, the prosecutor, his wife and two teenage sons, who sat behind him.
“I apologize to my wife and two boys for my lack of good judgment,” he said. “I will forever regret my bad decisions. I am a very lucky person to have their support.”
Daggett was arrested with his childhood friend Louis Bailey, 47, of Wells on Aug. 26, 2010, at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint set up in the southbound lane of Interstate 95 in Old Town.
Daggett pleaded guilty in September 2011 to possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
The duo had been headed for Vinalhaven but missed their exit off I-95 North, Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Casey, who prosecuted the case, told U.S. District Judge John Woodcock last year. Bailey and Daggett, who were smoking marijuana, were north of Old Town when they realized their mistake. They left the highway and headed south only to be directed to the checkpoint.
Bailey pleaded guilty in November to possession with intent to distribute marijuana and distribution of marijuana and aiding and abetting the same. He was sentenced in March to three years and 10 months in federal prison.
Woodcock, who sentenced both men, told Daggett on Wednesday that Bailey’s sentence was longer because he had an additional 188 pounds of marijuana in his home and tried to hide it from investigators shortly after his arrest.
Daggett’s post-conviction federal bail was revoked in March when he was charged with aggravated assault, a felony, in York County Superior Court. He pleaded guilty earlier this month to the lesser charge of misdemeanor assault in connection with an incident at his home in February that involved his son and at least one of the teen’s female friends, Daggett’s attorney, Jay McCloskey of Bangor, told Woodcock on Wednesday. He was not sentenced to serve jail time on that conviction, the attorney said.
Daggett and Bailey each faced up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Casey recommended the sentence Woodcock imposed. McCloskey urged that Daggett spend just a year behind bars. The defense attorney suggested that Daggett’s marijuana use might have been an attempt to “self-medicate” for depression.