AUBURN, Maine — A judge granted a Lewiston man an additional 11 days to start serving his three-week sentence for a misdemeanor theft charge so he could attend his brother’s funeral service.
Androscoggin County Superior Court Justice MaryGay Kennedy received a handwritten letter from Dominique Bailey, 23, who was supposed to report to Androscoggin County Jail on Monday to start serving his sentence for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, a Class D misdemeanor.
He had agreed last year to a deferred disposition on the charge. Had he complied with conditions of the plea agreement, including staying out of legal trouble, he would have been allowed to withdraw his guilty plea in March and the charge would have been dismissed.
But he was arrested in September for failing to pay fines. His deferred disposition was stopped and he agreed on Jan. 31 to a 21-day sentence at Androscoggin County Jail. He asked for a stay until Feb. 4 to turn himself in at the jail.
But, on Sunday, Bailey’s brother Dante Bailey, 21, of Lewiston died on railroad tracks by Whipple Street in Lewiston where he was struck by a slow-moving train. A spokesman at the state medical examiner’s office said Wednesday the manner of Bailey’s death was suicide.
A “celebration-of-life” gathering is scheduled for Sunday in Auburn.
Dominique Bailey was a starting wide receiver for Edward Little High School’s varsity football team, and graduated from EL in 2010. Dante played football for Lewiston High School and was on the track and field team. He graduated in 2010.