June 21, 2018
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Matinicus Island man gets almost four years for beating another man outside bar

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 32-year-old Matinicus Island man with a record of violent assaults will be spending nearly four years in prison for his latest conviction.

Joshua Anthony was sentenced Wednesday in Knox County Superior Court by Justice Robert Murray to three years and nine months in prison for aggravated assault.

Anthony was convicted of beating a man outside the Sand Bar bar on Vinalhaven last June.

According to reports filed by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, a 56-year-old man reported that he had talked with Anthony inside the bar and there was no problem until Anthony, for no apparent reason, warned the man that he would kill him if he went outside.

The man went to the bar owner and asked her to call police, according to police. The victim left the bar and was grabbed by Anthony who punched him more than 10 times, according to police. The man suffered injuries to his face, head and other parts of his body. The bar owner also provided a statement to police that supported the victim’s statements.

The man was treated at the Island Medical Center for his injuries.

Anthony was found the following day hiding in a shed on Vinalhaven.

Anthony told the deputy who apprehended him that he did not know why he was being arrested for winning a bar fight, according to the police report.

Anthony had been sentenced in 2010 to two years in jail for aggravated assault and other offenses after breaking into the home of a Matinicus lobsterman and beating him over a perceived gear dispute.

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