Boothbay Harbor man sent back to jail for beer bottle attack

Posted Feb. 24, 2014, at 4:48 p.m.

WISCASSET, Maine — A Boothbay Harbor man has been sentenced to five years in prison with all but nine months suspended for attacking another man with a beer bottle in April 2012.

Eric W. Matchett, 21, was indicted on a count of Class B aggravated assault, according to court documents.

Matchett was arrested early in the morning of April 5, 2012, after police responded to a fight at the Rocktide Inn in Boothbay Harbor, according to an affidavit from Sgt. Patrick Higgins of the Boothbay Harbor Police Department.

Higgins wrote that Matchett and another man met a large group of people at the inn and the two were later asked several times to leave. Matchett then hit a man in the face with a beer bottle and fought with other men at the inn.

In October 2012, Matchett pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to 364 days in jail, with all but 120 suspended. He received a deferred disposition requiring him to — among other conditions — avoid alcohol and drugs and comply with a curfew.

But on May 9, 2013, Matchett was arrested for violating those conditions. He was again arrested in January 2014.

He was sentenced on Feb. 7, 2014, to five years in jail, all but nine months suspended, with three years probation.

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