Jury acquits Rockland man of blizzard assault

Posted June 14, 2013, at 3:37 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A Rockland man accused of assaulting a 62-year-old woman during February’s blizzard was acquitted by a jury on Friday.

The jury deliberated for several hours over two days before acquitting Marion L. West, 40, who had been charged with assault and criminal threatening.

The defense argued that West was not at the scene when the reported assault occurred.

The woman who claimed the attack testified Thursday that West came out of his home as she was shoveling snow during the blizzard. He was screaming at her and blamed the woman for pushing snow from a snow plow onto his property. She had testified that he pushed her down and then stood over her, screaming and threatening her.

West was represented by attorney Jim Mason.

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