June 20, 2018
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Farmington woman pleads guilty in 7-hour standoff

By Donna M. Perry, Sun Journal

FARMINGTON, Maine — A local woman who police said created more than a seven-hour police standoff in December, pleaded guilty Monday to a domestic violence assault charge. The state dismissed a civil violation of creating a police standoff.

Justice Michaela Murphy issued a one-year deferred disposition to Rebekah J. Brown, 38. Brown was directed to return to Franklin County Superior Court in Farmington on March 14, 2014.

If she successfully completes the agreement, she will be allowed to withdraw her plea to the assault charge and plead to “threatening with a dangerous weapon.”

During the one year agreement, Brown is prohibited from excessive use of alcohol and is not to use or possess illegal drugs and dangerous weapons.

Bail had been previously amended to allow Brown and her husband to have contact during counseling, her attorney Kevin Joyce said.

The couple is continuing counseling, he said.

Brown’s husband was asked how counseling was going.

It is going very well, he said.

“I would love to go home to see my wife,” he said.

He had moved out and let his wife live at the Farmington Falls Road home after the Dec. 22 incident.

Brown’s bail is personal recognizance and a Maine pretrial agreement.

Farmington police said in December that officers were dispatched to 422 Farmington Falls Road to investigate a domestic assault and a report of injury involving a hatchet.

Police said that Brown assaulted another person with a shovel and struck her own arm with a hatchet before retreating to the house, where there was known to be a loaded firearm.

According to the police report, Brown refused to speak with the officers, so the Maine State Police Tactical Team and a crisis team negotiator were called in. After several hours, Brown surrendered without incident.

Brown was treated at the scene for the hatchet injury and taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital for a mental health evaluation before being taken to the Franklin County jail.

A firearm, hatchet and kitchen knife were recovered at the scene, police said.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 866-834-4357, TRS 800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.

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