Defendant in Howland beating case arrested for violating bail

Posted Jan. 09, 2013, at 7:41 p.m.
Henry McKinnon
Penobscot County Jail
Henry McKinnon

BANGOR, Maine — One of the four men charged with a vicious beating last summer in Howland that outraged the community has been charged with violating a condition of his release on $10,000 cash bail by using drugs.

Henry R. McKinnon, 28, of Howland pleaded not guilty Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center in his first appearance on a charge of violation of a condition of release.

The charge was filed after benzodiazepine and THC were found in a urine sample provided by McKinnon, Tracy Lacher, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County, told Superior Court Justice William Anderson.

The defendant’s bail conditions called for him to undergo random drug tests, she said.

In addition to the new charge, a motion was filed by the Penobscot County district attorney’s office to revoke McKinnon’s bail. Anderson ordered that the defendant be held without bail until a hearing can be held on that motion later this month.

If his bail is not revoked, McKinnon would have to post an additional $2,000 to remain free, Anderson ruled. McKinnon also would have to live with his sister in Howland under house arrest, refrain from using drugs and alcohol, be subject to random search and testing for drugs and alcohol and have no contact with the victims or his co-defendants, including his brother, the judge said Wednesday.

McKinnon, his brother, John T. McKinnon, 22, of Howland, Brandon Summerson, 21, of Enfield, and Charles Gardner, 20, of Howland have been charged in connection with a fight over an alleged drug sale in which the victims suffered broken facial bones, broken ribs and knocked-out teeth.

All four men were indicted in October by the Penobscot County grand jury on four counts each of aggravated assault. Gardner also was indicted on two counts of elevated aggravated assault.

Each man has pleaded not guilty to the charges. All but Summerson were freed on $10,000 cash bail. He remained Wednesday night at the Penobscot County Jail unable to make bail.

If convicted, they face up to 10 years in prison on the aggravated assault charges. Gardner faces up to 30 years in prison if found guilty on the elevated aggravated assault charges.

A trial date has not been set.

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