BANGOR, Maine — Rather than go to trial, a Medway man pleaded no contest Monday to several charges he racked up during a 2012 home invasion in which a Greenbush woman was brutally attacked and one of her children suffered minor injuries.
Nicholas Hutchinson, 25, is charged with robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, assault of a child under 6 and terrorizing. A date for his sentencing was not set during his appearance Monday before Justice William Anderson.
Hutchinson also was indicted in March by a Penobscot County grand jury on charges of assault on an officer and assault in an unrelated case. Those charges were not addressed during Monday’s proceedings.
Hutchinson is one of two men who broke into the East Ridge Road home of Marcia Fieger and her two children, then 5 and 3, in search of money and drugs in early September 2012, according to police. Fieger agreed at the time to speak with reporters about the incident.
Hutchinson’s accomplice, 22-year-old Ryan Petrin of Grindstone, pleaded guilty earlier to charges of robbery, burglary, aggravated assault and assault on a child under 6.
Petrin was sentenced in January to 12 years in prison, with all but six years suspended, and four years probation on the robbery charge; a four-year sentence to be served concurrently for the aggravated assault charge; a two-year concurrent sentence for the assault on a child under 6; and another two-year concurrent sentence for the burglary charge.
Fieger and her children were asleep when the two men, who were wearing masks, broke in through her son’s bedroom and sprayed her with a fire extinguisher and Mace, then beat her with the extinguisher and a tire iron.
The woman told police that the duo demanded money and drugs, according to court documents.
The woman had nearly $6,000 in cash in her purse inside the trailer from a student loan payment she had recently cashed, court documents said. She also had take-home doses of methadone in her home.
She said the assault left bruises all over her body and 16 stitches in her head and face. The older of the two children suffered minor injuries in the attack. She also said the incident had damaged her psychologically.
Fieger was in the courtroom Monday when Hutchinson entered his no contest pleas. She opted not to address the court at this time, instead waiting for the sentencing hearing.