Bail revoked for Oakland man convicted of killing sister, her boyfriend in drunken-driving crash

Posted Aug. 07, 2013, at 9:11 a.m.
Last modified Aug. 07, 2013, at 10:44 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — An ex-Marine who was handed a four-year prison sentence on Monday after his sister and her boyfriend were killed in a drunken-driving accident is back in jail after allegedly violating his bail, which has now been revoked.

Police had been called the evening of July 31 when Travis Lawler, 23, of Oakland was spotted shoeless and shirtless hitting cars on the streets of Fairfield, according to Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney.

Lawler had been sentenced to nine years in prison with all but four suspended on July 29, Maloney said, and he had been scheduled to start the sentence on Sept. 6 after the court issued him a stay. He is being held without bail at the Kennebec County Jail.

Part of Lawler’s bail conditions was he was not to possess or consume alcohol or illegal drugs, Maloney said, and she said he is alleged to have been using bath salts when witnesses contacted police.

The district attorney said Lawler was taken to an undisclosed hospital Thursday morning, and he was arrested Friday after Fairfield police issued a warrant for his arrest.

Lawler appeared in court Monday on the new charge of violating conditions of release, which calls for a 30-day jail sentence which Maloney is asking the court to have Lawler serve concurrently with his four-year sentence. Lawler’s bail was revoked during that hearing.

“The court was kind enough to give him the stay in the case, so when that trust is violated it should result in additional time,” Maloney said. “We are seeking additional time for that reason.”

Lawler’s 20-year-old sister, Kristin, and her boyfriend, Jackson Bolduc, 25, were both killed when a car Lawler was driving hit a tree on Horse Point Road in Belgrade in June 2012.

“I’m seeking to ensure that he is not released until his prison sentence is over,” Maloney said.

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story requires correction. The suspect’s name is Travis Lawler, not Thomas Lawler.

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