ROCKLAND, Maine — A 23-year-old woman was expected to be released from jail Tuesday after she was sentenced to time served for a robbery at a convenience store and for threatening a police officer with a knife.
Ashley L. Adams of Rockland was sentenced Tuesday in Knox County Superior Court to five years in jail with all but five months suspended for robbery. Justice Jeffrey Hjelm also placed the woman on probation for three years, a sentence agreement reached between defense attorney Jonathan Handelman and Assistant District Attorney Jeff Baroody.
She was given concurrent lesser sentences for two felony assaults and a criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon charge resulting from the incident.
Adams has been in jail for five months since her arrest in August. She also had been evaluated and determined to be mentally competent to stand trial if one had been held.
Adams tried to cash a check at the Park Street Mobil in Rockland in August but was refused because of the store’s policy on cashing checks, according to the prosecutor and police reports. She then left with a sandwich she had not paid for, according to Baroody. A female store clerk followed the woman and confronted her about the sandwich at which time, Adams struck her three times leaving a red mark on her face, the prosecutor said.
A male customer outside the store witnessed the assault and Adams went over to him and assaulted him, although he was not injured, Baroody said.
When Rockland Police Sgt. Anthony Camporiale found Adams walking along Route 1 near the store, she would not stop walking away, the prosecutor said. She then pulled out a knife with a 5-to-6-inch blade. The officer sprayed her with a chemical disabling agent on multiple occasions, but it had no effect on Adams. She raised the knife and approached the officer. He drew his gun and warned Adams to put down the knife.
She refused and kept coming at the officer. At that point Rockland Police Officer Andrew Redden arrived and used a Taser on Adams, and she was subdued.
The assault charges were elevated to felony level because Adams had three prior assault convictions. The prosecutor said that Adams was not taking her medication at the time of the incident. He said both the clerk and the officer were in support of the sentence agreement. The male customer could not be located to get his opinion on the agreement, Baroody said.