ROCKLAND, Maine — A former Bangor resident serving a 50-year sentence for the brutal slaying of his pregnant wife had another year added to his sentence Tuesday for stabbing a fellow prisoner with a shank.
Roscoe Sargent, 39, was sentenced in Knox County Superior Court by Justice Jeffrey Hjelm for aggravated assault.
The assault occurred Oct. 19, 2012, at the Maine State Prison in Warren, and Sargent was indicted in February by a Knox County grand jury. He pleaded guilty to the offense on Tuesday.
Sargent used a piece of metal from a clipboard to attack the fellow inmate. The other inmate suffered a cut to his hand.
Sargent has been incarcerated since his arrest in January 2003 for the murder of Heather Fliegelman Sargent. Testimony at the 2004 trial showed that the husband — who was 28 years old at the time — stabbed his 20-year-old wife 47 times with at least two different knives. The woman was 8 months pregnant with her first child.
Sargent then withdrew money from their bank account and spent two days at Bangor hotels and ordered expensive wine during his stay at one of the hotels. He then went to his lawyer’s office and surrendered to federal law enforcement officials who had previously charged him on a drug offense. Four dead cats also were found in the couple’s home when police discovered Heather Fliegelman Sargent’s body.
The woman’s family asked Justice E. Allen Hunter at the July 2004 sentencing to impose a life sentence on Roscoe Sargent for the murder. The judge, however, said that the circumstances and case law did not allow him to do so, and he instead sentenced the defendant to 50 years in prison.
The woman’s family also unsuccessfully lobbied before the Maine Legislature to enact a law making it a crime to harm an unborn child in the commission of a crime.