Mars Hill man sentenced to more than 5 years for violent domestic assault

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 04, 2012, at 2:23 p.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — A Mars Hill man who was sought by Maine State Police for nearly a month in connection with a woman’s vicious beating is now serving more than five years in prison for his crimes.

Chad B. Walton, 30, appeared in Aroostook County Superior Court in Caribou in July for the sentencing hearing. He was ordered to serve 59 months in prison and pay $1,269 in restitution for the violent domestic assault that occurred on Nov. 20, 2011. He also was ordered to serve an additional six-month sentence on a charge of obstructing the report of a crime that stemmed from the assault.

According to court documents, Walton assaulted the female victim so badly that she sought treatment for serious facial injuries at a local hospital. The victim told police that she and Walton had an argument over money and she called police to report that he had struck her on the head. He then allegedly tried to destroy an Xbox game machine and ripped a telephone out of the wall. At the time, he was on probation, after having served several months in jail for aggravated assault, violating conditions of release, terrorizing and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, court documents revealed. There were no other details in the documents about the previous case.

During the November 2011 incident, the victim said Walton threw her down on the couch, attempted to strangle her and punched her in the eye. She told police Walton said if he was going to jail again he was going to “make it worth his while.”

The victim sought treatment at the hospital and police found her with her left eye swollen shut, marks on her neck, and blood on her face and neck.

Walton fled the area soon after the assault and was on the run for close to a month before a vehicle in which he was a passenger was pulled over by state police on Interstate 95 in Dyer Brook in December 2011.

Walton fled on foot from the vehicle and attempted to escape into the woods.

After a brief foot chase, he was captured and arrested without further incident.

The 30-year-old initially pleaded not guilty and the court requested a mental health exam. Walton’s lawyer, Jeff Pickering of Houlton, wrote in his request for that exam that Walton had “no specific memory” of the incident and has described periods of “blackouts.”

Walton has been held at the Aroostook County Jail since his capture.

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