South Thomaston woman sentenced to 40 days for home invasion, assault

Posted Dec. 26, 2013, at 12:16 p.m.
Paige Kurowski
Knox County Jail
Paige Kurowski

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 33-year-old South Thomaston woman will serve 40 days in jail beginning Feb. 1 after being convicted of breaking into a home and assaulting the homeowner.

Paige J. Kurowski was sentenced Friday in Knox County Superior Court by Justice Jeffrey Hjelm for criminal trespass, two counts of assault and terrorizing.

The victim of one of the assaults urged the judge to accept the recommendation of Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald and sentence Kurowski to 60 days in jail.

“She’s a violent person who assaulted me in my home with the intent to hurt me,” the homeowner said.

The homeowner testified that since the home invasion, he has locked his doors and lives in fear of another attack.

Kurowski and 32-year-old David Earl of South Thomaston pleaded guilty in November to criminal trespass and assault charges in connection with the May 2012 home invasion.

The prosecutor pointed out that the two kicked in the door, pushed the homeowner down and that Kurowski broke a mirror.

While Kurowski was free on bail from that offense, she had a dispute with someone over a property line and in August 2012 threw bait juice at the person’s open car window, splattering it over the person’s face, the prosecutor said.

Defense attorney Aaron Fethke argued for a sentence of no more than 10 days in jail. He said that Kurowski has been free on a deferred disposition for 14 months and has not had any problems. He also said she has obtained a job and been successful at her employment.

Fethke pointed out that her co-defendant, Earl, received 30 days for the South Thomaston home invasion as well as a subsequent offense while he was on the deferred disposition.

The judge imposed the 40-day sentence on Kurowski, saying it was a serious offense to unlawfully enter someone’s home and assault them. He agreed to the defense request that Kurowski begin the sentence on Feb. 1 to accommodate her work schedule.

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