Bath man sentenced to four years in prison for attacks on guards, inmate at Wiscasset jail

Posted June 12, 2014, at 12:56 p.m.
Joshua Boyd
Lincoln County News photo
Joshua Boyd

WISCASSET, Maine — A Bath man will serve four years in prison for assaulting a fellow inmate in the maximum-security unit of Two Bridges Regional Jail.

Joshua R. Boyd, 20, also received a suspended three-year sentence and two years of probation for a separate incident in which he assaulted two guards and vandalized the jail’s sprinkler system.

Boyd pleaded guilty on June 4 in Lincoln County Superior Court to aggravated assault, aggravated criminal mischief and two counts of assault on an officer, all felonies; and misdemeanor violating condition of release, according to court records.

Altogether he will serve four years in prison with two years of probation. If he violates probation, he could return to prison for up to three more years. He is currently in custody at the Maine State Prison in Warren.

Boyd’s probation conditions prohibit the possession or use of alcohol, firearms, or dangerous weapons, and require treatment for batterer’s intervention and substance abuse. He must also participate in domestic violence court in Sagadahoc County and take certain medications.

The state dismissed misdemeanor charges of refusing to submit to arrest or detention and a second count of violating condition of release.

Boyd originally came to Two Bridges Regional Jail on a felony domestic violence assault charge, Assistant District Attorney Andrew Wright said.

The morning of Dec. 4, 2013, Boyd “stood up, walked over and struck” another inmate while that inmate’s “back was turned reading a newspaper,” Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Mercier said in his report.

Boyd “continued to throw roundhouse punches, alternating fists,” Mercier said. Boyd “struck approximately 20 blows” to the other inmate’s head.

The inmate Boyd attacked “was unable to defend himself and could only block his face to help protect himself,” Mercier said. Jail personnel eventually pulled Boyd off the other inmate.

The report does not cite a motive for the attack.

Several months later, Boyd was still an inmate at the jail when, the evening of April 1, he and another inmate vandalized the sprinkler system in the maximum-security unit.

Boyd subsequently began banging on the door and windows, and two guards attempted to enter the area.

Boyd punched the guards “in the head area,” Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Terry Michaud said in his report. Boyd “had to be subdued by being tasered.”

Boyd will serve a concurrent sentence of six months on the Sagadahoc County domestic violence charge, Wright said. His probation conditions prohibit contact with the domestic violence victim and the victim of the December assault.

He also received a concurrent sentence of 30 days for the violating condition of release charge and he will have to pay $160 in fines.

 

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