Friendship man gets nine months for threatening to ‘blow off the heads’ of hospital staff

Posted May 05, 2014, at 4:25 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 58-year-old Friendship man with a lengthy, violent criminal record will be serving another nine months in jail after threatening to kill staff at the local hospital.

He also is barred from contacting or going to the hospital unless medically justified.

Daniel L. Reed Sr. pleaded guilty Monday afternoon in Knox County Superior Court to terrorizing. Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald said Reed telephoned Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport on Jan. 26 and made the threats.

Reed, who sounded intoxicated, told employees that he was going to come to the hospital and blow off the heads of staffers and then he would kill himself, the prosecutor said.

The threats caused fear among the staff, Fernald said.

Defense attorney Jonathan Handelman said Reed was in a mental health crisis when he telephoned and did not express his needs in an ideal way.

Fernald noted that the main victim who took the call did not want to have to testify and that played a role in the prosecution’s decision to offer the nine months.

Justice Jeffrey Hjelm accepted the agreement reached between the prosecution and defense, pointing out that it was a proper balance considering the wishes of the victim.

Reed’s significant criminal record dates back to 1983, when he was convicted of assaulting a police officer. He also was convicted of assault in 1996 and criminal threatening and assault in 2007. Most recently, Reed was on bail for a felony conviction of operating under the influence.

 

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