BANGOR, Maine — The Hermon man who a year ago shot and killed a Bangor man and injured his friend in a reported home invasion began serving a five-month sentence on drug charges at the Penobscot County Jail on Friday.
Daniel Williams, 25, was convicted by a jury Jan. 24 on misdemeanor drug possession charges. Jurors found him not guilty of felony drug trafficking charges.
District Court Judge Bruce Jordan sentenced Williams on Friday morning at the Penobscot Judicial Center to five months in jail and ordered him to pay a $1,500 fine, according to Assistant Attorney General Patrick Larson, who prosecuted the case. The judge also ordered Williams to pay $1,560 in restitution for the cost of testing the drugs.
Williams pleaded not guilty in July to aggravated drug trafficking in scheduled drugs (Ecstasy), aggravated trafficking in synthetic hallucinogenic drugs (bath salts), both Class A crimes; aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, a Class B crime; and two counts of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs (mushrooms and cocaine) and unlawful possession of synthetic hallucinogenic drugs (bath salts), all Class D crimes.
He faced up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000 on the Class D charges — unlawful possession of scheduled drugs (mushrooms and cocaine) and unlawful possession of synthetic hallucinogenic drugs (bath salts). If Williams had been convicted of a Class A crime, he would have faced up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.
Williams was not charged in connection with the shooting. Jordan instructed the jury that under Maine law, Williams was justified in using deadly force against the intruders, according to a previously published report.
On Feb. 16, 2012, Williams used a .22-caliber handgun to fatally shoot Robert Dellairo, 30, of Bangor and wound Philip McIntyre, 19, also of Bangor in the leg during a reported home invasion, Williams told the Bangor Daily News shortly afterward.