Appleton man held after allegedly threatening to burn down house with family inside

Posted May 30, 2014, at 3:35 p.m.
Last modified May 30, 2014, at 4:43 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 48-year-old Appleton man was ordered held without bail Friday afternoon after he was accused of threatening to burn down his family’s house with them inside.

Marty L. Hewlett appeared before Judge Susan Sparaco in Rockland District Court on two counts of terrorizing and one count of harassment by telephone.

Hewlett had been free on a deferred disposition from an assault case in which he punched a woman and choked her to the point that she passed out, according to court records.

Family members of Hewlett contacted police on May 14 to say that Hewlett had allegedly called them from out-of-state and was upset over their use of a motor vehicle. He left messages on their phone saying he would be coming back to Appleton and would nail or screw the doors shut before burning the house down with them in it, according to the affidavit filed this week in court by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. Hewlett told the family members that he also would do the same to their grandchildren.

When Deputy Nathaniel Jack was at the residence to meet with the family, Hewlett called and threatened Jack even after he identified himself as a deputy, according to the affidavit.

Hewlett was arrested on Thursday when he appeared in domestic violence court. He was taken to the Knox County Jail.

The Appleton man pleaded guilty in July 2013 to assault, criminal mischief and violating a condition of release under a deferred disposition. The agreement would have had the assault charge dismissed if he refrained from criminal conduct for the next 18 months. He then would have been sentenced to 364 days in jail with all but 90 days suspended and to serve one year of probation.

In that case, police reported in the affidavit that he punched his then girlfriend in the face in May 2013 because she talked to another man at a bar. He then choked her until she went unconscious, according to the affidavit, and broke her cellphone so she could not call police.

The district attorney’s office is seeking to have that agreement revoked.

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