BANGOR, Maine — A Medway man convicted of robbing and beating a Greenbush woman and pepper spraying one of her children nearly two years ago during a home invasion was sentenced Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to 17½ years in prison with all but nine years suspended, followed by four years of probation.
Nicholas Hutchinson, 25, pleaded no contest in May to one count each of robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, assault of a child under 6 and terrorizing.
Hutchinson on Tuesday apologized to the victim and her family. He said the incident was because of his drug addiction.
He was one of two men who broke into the East Ridge Road home of Marcia Fieger and her two children, then 5 and 3, in search of money and drugs in early September 2012, according to police.
Fieger agreed at the time to speak with reporters about the incident.
She told Superior Court Justice William Anderson on Tuesday that her children were so traumatized by the event that they still won’t sleep alone in their bedrooms. She said Hutchinson, whom she knew, and his co-defendant came into her home through her son’s bedroom after dark with a fire extinguisher, tire iron, pepper spray and a stun gun.
The boy was not in his room but had fallen asleep with his mother on the couch in the living room, she said.
“I was able to fight,” an emotional Fieger told the judge. “I fought and screamed for my life. The worst part is that my son was Maced. It’s been almost two years and my children still don’t feel safe. Ten years is not enough time. It’s not enough time for my children.
The woman told police that the duo demanded money and drugs, according to court documents.
She had nearly $6,000 in cash in her purse inside the trailer from a student loan payment she had recently cashed, according to a previously published report. She also had take-home doses of methadone in her home.
Fieger said the assault left bruises all over her body and 16 stitches in her head and face. The older of the two children suffered minor injuries in the attack. She also told police two years ago that the incident had damaged her psychologically.
Alice Clifford, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County, recommended a sentence of 17 years with all but 10 suspended, followed by four years of probation.
Hutchins has a long criminal record, according to Clifford.
Defense attorney Jeffrey Toothaker of Ellsworth urged Superior Court Justice William Anderson to sentence Hutchinson to 17 years in prison with all but seven years suspended.
Hutchinson also was indicted in March by a Penobscot County grand jury on charges of assault on a corrections officer and assault in an unrelated case.
He pleaded guilty Tuesday to those charges.
The assault charge stemmed from Hutchinson’s attack on fellow inmate Nicholas Sexton, 33, of Warwick, Rhode Island, who was convicted of murder and arson in May in connection with an August 2012 triple homicide in Bangor.
Because Toothaker represented Sexton, he could not represent Hutchinson on the assault charges. Peter Bos of Bangor represented the defendant on those charges.
Hutchinson was sentenced to nine months and a day in prison in a plea agreement with the district attorney’s office on those charges to be served concurrently with the sentence for the home invasion.
Hutchinson’s accomplice, 22-year-old Ryan Petrin of Grindstone, pleaded guilty earlier to charges of robbery, burglary, aggravated assault and assault on a child under 6.
Petrin was sentenced in January to 12 years in prison, with all but six years suspended, and four years probation.
Both men faced up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000 on the most serious charge of Class A robbery.