May 23, 2018
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Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith’s ex-wife fined $250 for filing false report against him

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

MACHIAS, Maine — The ex-wife of Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith was found guilty Wednesday morning of filing a false report against him.

Lynne Kelsey-Smith was arrested June 20 at the Lubec home she and Sheriff Smith shared at the time. Kelsey-Smith called state police to report that Smith had threatened her but ended up being arrested herself on a charge of domestic violence assault. Sheriff Smith was not injured during the incident, according to state police.

Kelsey-Smith was not in court Wednesday, according to her defense attorney, Stephen C. Smith of Bangor. Smith, who is not related to the sheriff, said he entered his client’s plea on her behalf.

What that plea was exactly is not clear, though the end result was that Justice Allan Hunter found the defendant guilty. When reached after the hearing, the defense attorney declined to say whether his client pleaded guilty or no contest, and Carletta “Dee” Bassano, the Washington County District Attorney, said she was not sure.

Both said separately that, with the guilty finding, Kelsey-Smith was fined $250 — which Smith said has been paid. There was no additional punishment imposed by the court as a result of the plea.

Bassano said the assault charge against Kelsey-Smith was dropped in exchange for the plea. Both the assault charge and the filing a false report charge were misdemeanors, Bassano said, but the filing a false report charge was considered to be the more serious of the two.

“I think it is appropriate,” Bassano said of the guilty finding and the resulting fine.

Sheriff Smith, contact Wednesday afternoon by phone, declined to comment on the matter.

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