Judge rejects plea deal; man gets jail time for threatening mother and brother

Posted April 12, 2013, at 4:42 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A judge on Friday rejected a plea deal reached between the prosecution and a Waldoboro man charged with threatening harm to his mother and brother during a drunken rage.

In the end, Alden K. Andrews, 28, of Waldoboro, accepted a sentence that will send him to jail for 14 days.

Andrews was arrested March 25 by Rockland police and charged with domestic violence assault and domestic violence criminal threatening after officers responded to a complaint at a residence on Birch Street.

Officers found Andrews who was highly intoxicated, according to the affidavit filed in court by Rockland police. He had been screaming and making threats against his two family members to the point where they hid in a bedroom. He also was charged with throwing a tuna can cover and striking them.

When he was taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland, he was yelling at the corrections officers and then urinated in the holding cell, according to the affidavit.

During a hearing Friday in 6th District Court, Andrews was ready to plead guilty in an agreement reached with the district attorney’s office that called for the assault charge to be dropped and for him to be sentenced to 180 days with all the time suspended. He would also be placed on probation for a year.

Judge Susan Sparaco rejected the proposed deal, however.

“This is the wrong message in my view,” Sparaco said.

She said a bigger message had to be sent. She objected to dismissal of the assault charge and the lack of jail time in the sentence.

“Domestic violence is out of control. We need to get tougher and tougher,” Sparaco said.

Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody met with the defense attorney who met with his client and less than 15 minutes later, Andrews agreed to a revised sentence that included a 14-day jail term and a conviction on both original charges.

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