Thomaston teen gets 40 days for assaulting health care staffers

Posted Sept. 04, 2013, at 9:33 a.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 19-year-old Thomaston woman was sentenced Tuesday to 40 days in jail for assaulting two employees at the local hospital.

Sierra McDonald was sentenced by Justice Jeffrey Hjelm in Knox County Superior Court on two counts of assault. The offenses occurred in July while McDonald was on probation from a previous domestic violence assault conviction.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald said McDonald suffers from a mental illness and was off her medication when she was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center, where the offense occurred.

The prosecutor said that one condition of her probation on the previous conviction was that she take her medication.

Fernald said McDonald became belligerent while at the hospital and a staffer called police. She settled down initially, but when officers left she became aggressive again and scratched the staff members, breaking the skin of each person. She was put into restraints and said she would kill the the hospital employees when she got free, according to the prosecutor.

McDonald also was fined $600 and is expected to pay it at a rate of $25 per month. The payment plan was set up because she receives Social Security disability payments.

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