Rockland man gets nine months for pair of knife threats

Posted Nov. 05, 2013, at 2:36 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 21-year-old Rockland man who was arrested last week for threatening his former girlfriend with a knife was sentenced Tuesday for that crime as well as a knife threat in March against his brother.

Justice Jeffrey Hjelm sentenced Jeffrey Callahan in Knox County Superior Court to two years with all but nine months and one day in jail for domestic violence criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, domestic violence assault and criminal mischief.

Callahan was arrested Oct. 29 in Warren. Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody said Callahan had threatened the woman with a knife, chased her around the house, and broken in a door after she went into a room and locked the door. He also struck her in the face with his hand.

A 1-year-old child was present when the crimes were committed, Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison said at the time of Callahan’s arrest. The woman suffered minor injuries from the assault but did not go to the hospital, the sheriff said.

Callahan fled before police arrived and was found shortly after on his bicycle near Ande’s Variety on Route 1 in Warren.

Callahan also pleaded guilty to domestic violence criminal threatening from an incident in March in Rockland when he got into an argument with his brother, then went to the kitchen and returned with a large knife and threatened his sibling.

Baroody said the state was offering to suspend all but nine months of the jail sentence which would allow him to be housed at the county jail, but that the defense asked for an extra day to be tacked on so he could be sent to the Maine Correctional Center in Windham.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 866-834-4357, TRS 800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.

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