Charge dismissed against Trenton mechanic

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 03, 2013, at 11:33 a.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Based upon the results of a mental evaluation, a criminal charge filed against a Trenton mechanic has been dismissed, according to court documents.

Randall T. Lilly, 45, of Trenton had been charged with aggravated criminal mischief in connection with the July 6, 2012, incident in which he allegedly used one vehicle to damage several others at his Route 3 business, R & R Automotive.

According to media reports, Lilly got behind the wheel of an oil tanker truck and rammed it into others. Documents filed in Hancock County Superior Court indicate that, during the episode, Lilly damaged a 1985 Chevrolet Corvette, a 2004 Mercury Sable, a 2004 GMC Yukon, a porch and a boat trailer.

Lilly’s defense attorney, Steven Juskewitch of Ellsworth, argued that the rampage was ignited by an adverse reaction to medications that Lilly was taking. Juskewitch did not identify in court documents what medications Lilly had been taking or why he had been taking them, but indicated that the medications created an “abnormal condition of the mind” during the incident.

“Medication in effect is an issue,” Juskewitch wrote in court documents.

The aggravated criminal mischief charge, which was the only one Lilly faced, was dismissed on Dec. 14, court documents indicate. The decision to dismiss the charge was “based on results from a criminal responsibility evaluation conducted by the State Forensic Service.”

Separate attempts Wednesday and Thursday to contact Juskewitch and Hancock County Assistant District Attorney Mary Kellett, the prosecutor in the case, were unsuccessful.

Owners of the vehicles or other items damaged in the incident could not be reached Thursday morning for comment.

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