ROCKLAND, Maine — A 27-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday to 45 days in jail for assaulting a victim for the second time in two years.
Nile Recchia of Rockland was sentenced by Justice Joyce Wheeler to 364 days in jail with all but 45 days suspended for domestic violence assault. The charge had been reduced from a felony domestic violence assault as part of an agreement reached between the defense and district attorney’s office. The original charge was a felony because of Recchia’s 2011 domestic violence conviction.
According to Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald, Recchia and the female victim had an argument over money. He later grabbed a cigarette out of her hand, scratching her fingers and causing them to bleed.
Fernald said the victim did not want Recchia to serve any more time in jail. He spent a few days in jail following his arrest on Feb. 10 in Rockland until he was able to make bail.
Justice Wheeler agreed the sentence was a reasonable compromise considering that he took immediate responsibility and therefore did not require a grand jury to hear the case and the victim did not have to testify.
Recchia also will be required to go through a batterer’s intervention program. Wheeler said she hoped that would be a tool that he could use to stop hurting loved ones.
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.