BANGOR, Maine — A Dexter man accused of killing a dog in May pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to one count each of aggravated cruelty to animals and criminal cruelty to animals.
Anthony F. Bari, 53, who is free on $2,000 cash bail, also agreed to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial and assist in his defense.
Bari served more than 17 years in federal prison for two separate bank robberies in 1993 and 2008 in the Bronx in New York City, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He was sentenced to 15 years and four months for the first robbery.
Bari was free five months before committing the second robbery while on supervised release. His supervised release was revoked, and he was sentenced to three additional years for the second bank robbery, according to information posted on the court’s electronic case filing system. He was released from federal prison a second time on May 18, 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons’ inmate locator website.
The Penobscot County district attorney’s office confirmed Monday that the Bari charged in connection with the dog’s death is the same man convicted of the New York bank robberies.
Bari was arrested on the animal cruelty charges on May 22 in Dexter after local police found the dead dog, Dexter Police Chief Kevin Wintle said at the time.
“[Bari] suffocated the dog with a pillow,” Deputy District Attorney Michael Roberts said last month when Bari was indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury.
The deceased dog was found off Post Road, which is where Bari was staying at the time. Roberts didn’t know what breed of dog was killed. Authorities have not said who owned the dog.
Bari is next due in court on Sept. 8.
His attorney, Randy Day of Garland, said Monday that Bari is homeless.