ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Trenton man convicted of stealing guns and, in a separate incident, of injuring himself and three other people when he crashed an uninspected car has been sentenced to serve nine months behind bars.

Dustin Doliber, 20, was sentenced Friday to 4½ years in jail with all but nine months suspended, according to documents on file in Hancock County Superior Court.

Doliber pleaded guilty Jan. 23 to charges of burglary, theft and violating conditions of his release in connection with the Ellsworth gun thefts. The same day, he pleaded no contest to charges of aggravated assault and violating conditions of his release in relation to a car crash last summer on Oak Point Road in Trenton.

Doliber also was ordered by Justice Kevin Cuddy to serve three years of probation upon his release from jail and to pay $11,242.85 to a girl who was seriously injured in the car accident. He began serving his sentence at Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth on Jan. 30.

According to a police affidavit filed in court, Doliber stole a .30-30 Winchester and a .22-caliber revolver from separate homes in Ellsworth in December 2007. Police recovered both weapons in February 2008 after they determined that Doliber had traded the stolen guns with another local man for a 12-gauge shotgun.

The car accident occurred July 16, 2008, as Doliber was driving a 1992 Mazda west on Oak Point Road, police said at the time. Doliber, with three juvenile passengers in the car, was trying to pass a car on a corner when another vehicle began to turn onto Oak Point Road from Gatekeeper Lane.

Doliber swerved to avoid the turning car but lost control of the Mazda. His car went off the road and rolled several times, coming to rest on its roof.

According to Mary Kellett, assistant district attorney for Hancock County, Jonna Robidoux was riding in the car at the time and suffered a fractured spine in the crash. She said Monday that Robidoux was not paralyzed as a result of the crash.

Kellett said there was some confusion about who owned the car. Police said at the time of the crash that the car had been stolen, but Kellett said Doliber never was charged with stealing the vehicle.

Doliber did know that the car had not been inspected and that it was not in good enough shape to pass inspection, Kellett said.

“The sentence reflects that this is serious conduct,” Kellett said.

Doliber’s defense attorney, Eric Columber of Ellsworth, said Monday that Doliber is facing civil charges in connection with the car crash but that he does not represent Doliber in that case. No contest pleas are common in cases that result in civil lawsuits, he said.

Columber said he believed the sentence is “fair” and that Doliber had some prior misdemeanor convictions before he faced the gun theft and car crash charges. The underlying sentence of 4½ years is significant, he said.

“The potential is out there for him to serve much more than [nine months] if probation doesn’t work out,” Columber said.

Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....