Northport woman pleads guilty to felony assault for biting husband

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff
Posted Nov. 07, 2013, at 2:33 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 40-year-old Northport woman will serve no more jail time if she stays out of trouble for the next six months after pleading guilty Thursday to assault for biting her husband.

A second charge of domestic violence assault was dismissed after Danielle A. Maxcy pleaded guilty in Knox County Superior Court to a felony count of domestic violence assault.

The assault occurred in February on the remote Knox County island of Isle au Haut, which is located off the tip of the Hancock County town of Stonington. The incident required the Knox County Sheriff’s Office to get a ride Saturday night from the U.S. Coast Guard to Isle au Haut.

The woman’s husband reported that Maxcy had been drinking when she came into the house and pushed his 10-year-old son to the floor, according to the affidavit filed in Rockland District Court by the sheriff’s office. When the man went to protect his son and get him up, Maxcy bit two of her husband’s fingers severely enough for them to bleed, the affidavit stated.

The officers found the woman asleep at an island home and questioned her. She denied biting her husband or pushing her stepson, according to the affidavit. She was arrested and taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland, where she was incarcerated for 21 days before being released on bail. Her address is now listed as being in Northport in court papers.

The assault charge was elevated to felony level because Maxcy had been convicted of assault in 2009, according to court documents. The husband also was the victim in that case.

The felony offense will be lowered to a misdemeanor charge if Maxcy adheres to terms of the deferred disposition over the next six months. If she stays out of trouble, she then will be sentenced to 364 days in jail with all suspended but 21 days — the time she has already served.

Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody said the state agreed to the deferred disposition because the trial could have been a case of “he said, she said” and also because of the distance that Isle au Haut is to Rockland for witnesses. Justice Jeffrey Hjelm accepted the plea but said that the geographic location of victims should not be a factor in deciding on a deferred disposition.

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