Man on probation for previous burglary sentenced to more than 3 years for Waldoboro robbery

Posted April 09, 2014, at 3:07 p.m.
Last modified April 09, 2014, at 5:18 p.m.

WISCASSET, Maine — A Waldoboro man convicted of robbing a then-16-year-old suspected drug dealer in January 2013 was sentenced in March to three-and-a-half years, to be served concurrently with the remainder of a seven-year sentence for a previous robbery conviction.

Joshua W. Ellis, 29, was indicted by the Lincoln County grand jury on Class A robbery and burglary charges, as well as the lesser felony charge of theft, for a Jan. 25, 2013, incident in Waldoboro.

According to an affidavit by Deputy Aaron Beck of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the victim, a Bremen youth, identified Ellis as one of two men who burst into his home that night wearing a mask, hit him in the face with a gun and punched him in the face.

Ellis was arrested months later in Florida, where he was in jail for a crime in that state, according to Lincoln County Assistant District Attorney Andrew Wright. He was later extradited to Maine.

As part of a plea agreement, Ellis pleaded guilty on March 20 to the theft charge, while the robbery and burglary charges were dismissed, according to court documents.

At the time of the robbery, Ellis had recently been released on probation after serving three years in jail for a 2010 robbery in Rockland.

Ellis was sentenced to seven years in prison, with all but three years suspended, for stealing $436 in coins from a woman in Rockland. He pleaded guilty in Knox Superior Court to two counts of robbery, two counts of burglary, two counts of criminal restraint, two counts of theft, one count of criminal mischief and one count of obstructing the report of a crime.

According to court documents, Ellis and two other men smashed the glass in the door to get into the woman’s home, and when the woman tried to call for help, “one of the male subjects pushed her and grabbed the telephone from her.”

One of the robbers locked the woman in a room, “while the other two males went through the house looking for money,” according to the police report.

After calling for help, a neighbor told police that the three who fled wore black masks and bandanas. According to court documents, Ellis and another man victimized the same woman at her home on Jan. 2. Ellis admitted to stealing an undisclosed amount of money on that occasion, too, according to court documents.

Wright said Wednesday that it was clear to all involved that “Joshua Ellis was not a candidate for probation.”

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