June 18, 2018
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Man gets nine months for hatchet threats in Camden

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 27-year-old Waterville man who threatened a group of people in Camden with a hatchet was sentenced Friday to nine months in jail.

The agreement reached between the district attorney’s office and defense was designed to allow Danny A. Moody to get treatment in a residential center for alcohol addiction. Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald said Moody started drinking at the age of 12 and acknowledges he has a serious substance abuse problem.

Moody pleaded guilty to felony criminal threatening, operating under the influence and failure to stop for an officer.

According to an affidavit filed by Camden police, police received a report during the night of July 13 of a man threatening a group of people with a hatchet.

No one was injured, but when officers arrived, Moody had left. He was found later by police.

The dispute occurred because Moody had been told to leave a party at a home in Camden, according to police.

The plea agreement calls for Moody to serve nine months in jail on the drunk driving charge. Under a deferred disposition agreement, the felony criminal threatening charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor if Moody behaves for one year after his release from jail. If he stays out of trouble through that year, he will not have to serve any additional time but will be placed on probation for a year.

Fernald pointed out that at the very least under the agreement, Moody would be supervised for two years after he gets out of jail.

Defense attorney Scott Hess said Moody accepted responsibility for the offense.

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