VINALHAVEN, Maine — A 51-year-old man pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to threatening — with a shotgun — a property management worker who was trying to change the locks to his house in an apparent foreclosure.
Dana H. Blackington of Vinalhaven pleaded guilty in Knox County Superior Court to a felony criminal threatening charge. As part of a deferred disposition, however, the district attorney’s office agreed to reduce the felony to a misdemeanor if he refrains from criminal conduct for the next year.
Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody said that the property management worker had been told the house would be vacant when he went to the home last year to change the locks. Blackington reportedly confronted the man and threatened to kill him. The man then went back to his vehicle and was going to photograph the house to prove he had been there.
Blackington then came out of the house with a shotgun.
Blackington admitted to a Knox County Sheriff’s officer that he had displayed the shotgun but said he was properly defending his property.
Property records show no foreclosure of the property since that incident about a year ago.
The agreement between the prosecution and defense calls for a sentence of 364 days in jail with all but 45 days suspended. That 45 days will be a cap, and defense attorney James Mason can argue for less time when the sentencing hearing is held in 12 months. Blackington would then be on probation for a year.
Blackington has been free on bail and will continue to be free pending the sentencing. Justice Jeffrey Hjelm agreed to allow Blackington to possess guns as part of his job as a gunsmith as well as teaching hunter safety courses on Vinalhaven.