Damariscotta woman charged with beer-bottle assault pleads to misdemeanor

Posted Aug. 05, 2014, at 4:08 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 05, 2014, at 6:52 p.m.
Jade E. Robbins
Courtesy of Lincoln County News
Jade E. Robbins

WISCASSET, Maine — A Damariscotta woman initially charged with assaulting another woman with a beer bottle outside a Wiscasset bar pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor and will serve a year of probation.

Jade E. Robbins, 24, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in Lincoln County Superior Court in Wiscasset on Monday. She was sentenced to 364 days in jail, all suspended, with a year of probation and a $300 fine.

Robbins and the victim were at the Schooner Inn bar in the early hours of Sunday, March 30, according to a statement by Patrolman Paul Rubashkin of the Wiscasset Police Department.

The victim told Rubashkin that Robbins “followed her from the bar out to her vehicle and started punching her,” Rubashkin said. Robbins then “hit her with a Budweiser beer bottle across the left cheek.”

Robbins told The Lincoln County News that she punched the victim in the face. She denied striking her with a beer bottle.

The alleged victim had “obvious injuries” to her left cheek and told Rubashkin “she believed she lost consciousness for a moment” during the assault. She drove herself to the Miles campus of LincolnHealth in Damariscotta after the incident.

Robbins allegedly told the woman “she ruined her family’s life by filing a domestic violence charge” against Robbins’ brother.

The state later dismissed the charge against the brother. The court cites “witness unavailable” as the reason for the dismissal.

Rubashkin and Patrolman Perry Hatch arrested Robbins at Schooner Inn the afternoon of March 30.

A Lincoln County grand jury indicted Robbins on May 6 on charges of Class A elevated aggravated assault and Class B tampering with a victim.

A Class A charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine; a Class B charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

The state dismissed those charges in exchange for Robbins’ guilty plea to Class D assault, a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.

Robbins’ probation conditions prohibit contact with the victim.

 

CORRECTION:

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Robbins will serve her sentence for hitting another woman in the face with a bottle. The assault charge Robbins pleaded guilty to does not state the method of assault, and Robbins denies the victim’s account of the assault. Also, the story incorrectly stated that Robbins pleaded guilty to Class E assault, with a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Robbins pleaded guilty to Class D assault, with a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.

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