June 25, 2018
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Amateur boxer reaches deal to settle Rockland assault case

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 22-year-old Rockland man will not serve any additional jail time if he avoids further legal problems per a sentencing agreement reached in connection with a charge that resulted from an assault outside a bar.

Ryan J. Hayward pleaded guilty Friday in Rockland District Court to an assault charge. Hayward originally had been charged with the more serious offense of aggravated assault. Under terms of the 12-month deferred disposition, Hayward will not serve additional jail time if he refrains from any further criminal conduct.

He served 60 days in jail from the time of his arrest on April 20 until last week’s hearing.

According to a police affidavit filed at the time of the incident, officers Jacob Shirley and Andrew Redden were on routine patrol early Easter morning when they spotted a large group of people waving to them and pointing up Myrtle Street. When officers pulled up to the scene, they witnessed Hayward on top of another man and punching him so violently that the victim’s head kept bouncing off the ground, according to the affidavit.

Hayward jumped off the man when officers ordered him to and said he hadn’t done anything wrong and was protecting himself. Hayward was handcuffed and taken to jail. Shirley said Hayward refers to himself as an amateur boxer, according to the affidavit.

The male victim had teeth knocked out, and his face was bloody.

Judge Susan Sparaco approved the deferred disposition Friday. She rejected a plea agreement reached in April that would have resulted in his release at that time under a deferred disposition. The difference this time was that Hayward served 60 days, as opposed to the three days he served when the proposal was originally made, Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald said Monday.

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