Owls Head man gets more jail time for death threats

Posted Oct. 05, 2012, at 1:51 p.m.
Steven E. Clarke
Steven E. Clarke

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 48-year-old Owls Head man was sentenced Wednesday to another nine months and one day in jail for threatening to kill a group of people in downtown Rockland.

Steven E. Clarke was sentenced in Knox County Superior Court after pleading guilty to terrorizing, driving to endanger and violating a condition of release. Charges of reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and criminal threatening were dismissed in exchange for the guilty pleas.

The incident occurred May 9 in Rockland, when according to police records, Clarke, who been following a van carrying five people including an infant, suddenly passed and swerved his vehicle in front of the van, causing a collision. Clarke then got out of his vehicle and started pounding on the van and threatened to kill the man and three women inside, according to the police report. Also in the car, according to police, was Clarke’s infant son.

When police caught up later that evening with Clarke, he claimed the van had struck his vehicle from behind and that he had just been trying to see his child.

Clarke had been free on bail at that time on a deferred disposition for disorderly conduct and assault charges.

In February 2003, Clarke escaped from the Knox County Courthouse while in custody after a door to the holding room was left unlocked. He later was captured and while in court in April 2003 for that charge, Clarke attacked Assistant District Attorney Chris Fernald. Clarke was convicted of assault in that case as well as another involving assault on an officer.

Fernald handled Clarke’s initial court appearance in May on the new charges but Clarke objected to Fernald being the prosecutor, because of the past incident.

Assistant District Attorney Jeff Baroody represented the state at Wednesday’s sentencing for Clarke.

Justice Jeffrey Hjelm imposed the sentence.

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