May 23, 2018
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Chesterville man to serve one year for shooting at truck

By Donna M. Perry, Sun Journal

FARMINGTON, Maine — A Chesterville man was sentenced Friday to serve one year of a five-year sentence and two years of probation for shooting a shotgun loaded with buckshot at a truck pulling away from his residence Jan. 11.

Dennis Meaney, 26, pleaded guilty to a felony count of reckless conduct and two misdemeanor counts of domestic violence criminal threatening and domestic violence assault in Franklin County Superior Court.

Meaney has been held on $15,000 cash bail or real estate since his arrest.

Assistant District Attorney Joshua Robbins said that if the case went to trial, the court would have heard testimony from the person driving the truck that he had dropped off a relative of Meaney’s at the residence in Chesterville. As the driver pulled away a load of buckshot was shot at the back of the truck. Buckshot had lodged in the dashboard, tailgate and the windshield, cracking it, Robbins said the testimony would show.

Testimony would also be heard that Meaney threatened to harm the relative in the residence and pushed her against the wall.

The shotgun was found on a neighbor’s property, Robbins said.

Judge Susan Oram, sitting in designation of a Superior Court justice, accepted the pleas.

She sentenced Meaney to five years with all but one year suspended and two years probation on the felony count.

She also sentenced him to serve 180 days each on the two misdemeanors to run concurrent to the felony sentence.

Meaney is also required to pay up to $1,000 in restitution for damage to the truck.

Meaney was given credit for time served. Among the conditions when released on probation are not possessing any weapons, undergo counseling to the satisfaction of a probation officer and to not possess or alcohol or illegal drugs. He is also subject to random search and testing.

The shooting incident was not reported until a day later and was reported by the owner of the truck the next day and not the driver. It was reported as vandalism to the truck, according to Police Chief Heidi Wilcox. She suspected more had gone on and called Detective Randall Keaten from the Maine State Police to investigate the matter further. The driver of the truck had taken the truck unbeknown to the owner, and then had backed the truck against a snowbank, just as it was when he took it, Wilcox said.


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