May 26, 2018
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Men sentenced for beating man in Bradford after woman said he raped her

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Two men arrested in connection with the beating of a man in March in retaliation for the alleged rape of a friend pleaded guilty to felony assault charges and were sentenced Monday in separate hearings at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

Ryan K. Thibodeau, 28, of Glenburn pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault and was sentenced to five years and a day in prison. Glenn R. Curtis Jr., 34, of Hudson pleaded guilty to the same charge and was sentenced to eight years in prison with all but 47 months suspended and three years of probation.

A third man, Tellis A. Baker, 37, of Bangor, pleaded guilty last week to aggravated assault and was sentenced to five years in prison, Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said Monday during a recess.

Thibodeau and Baker agreed to longer sentences to avoid being on probation after their releases from prison, the prosecutor said Monday.

Nicole L. Giles, 29, of Bangor, the woman whom Almy said sparked the incident, also has been charged with aggravated assault. She is scheduled to be in court next month, the prosecutor said.

No one has been charged with sexually assaulting Giles.

Almy said that the assault on the man in Bradford was hatched on March 16 when Giles told the three men he had raped her. The men convicted of the assault were acquainted with the victim.

Thibodeau asked the victim to give him and Curtis a ride from Bangor to Bradford to take some gas to an uncle, Almy said. Baker and Giles followed the trio at a distance in her car.

Once they had gotten the gas and were in Bradford, Thibodeau directed the victim to turn off a paved road onto what looked like a dirt road but actually was a muddy trail, Almy said. The vehicle became stuck.

When the men got out to push the car out of the mud, Curtis tried to garrot the victim and Thibodeau struck him with some kind of weapon, Almy said. The victim was able to get free of Curtis and Thibodeau but at some point, after Giles and Baker pulled in behind the stuck car, one of his attackers poured gasoline on him and tossed a lit cigarette in his direction.

The gasoline did not ignite.

At some point, Almy said, the victim also was stabbed, but managed to get away. He ran to the road and flagged down a passing motorist. The prosecutor said Monday that the victim was not seriously hurt and did not oppose the length of his attackers’ sentences.

The victim did not appear in court.

Curtis’ defense attorney David Bate said that his client believed Giles.

“She was shaking and crying when she told my client she had been raped,” Bate told the judge Monday. “Emotions ran wild and judgment went out the window.”

District Court Judge Gregory Campbell told Curtis he was hesitant to accept the plea but would do so because the victim did not object to it.

“[The victim] could have been seriously hurt or killed,” Campbell said. “This could have led to a murder charge very easily.”

Curtis, Thibodeau and Baker had been held at the Penobscot County bail unable to post bail since their arrests in March, according to Almy. Giles is free on personal recognizance bail.

The men, who along with Giles were indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury in June on Class B aggravated assault charges, faced up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $20,000.

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