BANGOR, Maine — One of four men charged in connection with what police a year ago called a vicious beating that outraged the Howland community will spend 3½ years behind bars.
Brandon Summerson, 22, of Enfield was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison with all but 3½ years suspended and three years of probation, according to the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office.
Henry R. McKinnon, 28, his brother, John T. McKinnon , 23, of Howland and Charles Gardner , 21, all of Howland also were charged in connection with a fight over an alleged drug sale in which the victims suffered broken facial bones, broken ribs and knocked-out teeth, according to a previously published report.
Summerson was the first man to be sentenced in connection with the Aug. 17, 2012, assault, Alice Clifford, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County, said Wednesday. He pleaded no contest in June to two counts of aggravated assault.
Superior Court Justice William Anderson ordered that Summerson begin serving his sentence Monday.
Henry McKinnon also pleaded no contest to two counts of aggravated assault. He is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 19 but has been charged with violating bail conditions, according to Clifford. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
A plea agreement with the district attorney’s office calls for him to serve six years in prison with all but 15 months suspended and three years of probation, according to a previously published report.
John McKinnon and Gardner have pleaded not guilty to the charges and requested jury-waived trials. Trial dates have not be set.
In addition to two counts of aggravated assault, Gardner also was charged with elevated aggravated assault.
The maximum sentence for elevated aggravated assault is 30 years in prison, while the maximum sentence for aggravated assault is 10 years in prison.
All four men remain free on bail.