BANGOR, Maine — A federal judge has sentenced an Aroostook County man serving 14 years in state prison for assaulting and raping his wife to more than five additional years in federal prison on a gun charge.
U.S. District Judge John Woodcock on Monday ordered that Horace W. Salley III, 36, of Smyrna begin serving his 63-month federal sentence after he completes his time at the Maine State Prison in Warren. The judge also sentenced Salley to three years of supervised release after he completes his federal prison term.
Salley was convicted in November 2007 by a federal jury of possessing a gun after being convicted in 2003 of misdemeanor domestic assault on a former girlfriend. He was convicted last August in Aroostook County Superior Court of gross sexual assault, assault, and tampering with a witness for a 2006 incident involving his wife.
He faced up to 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the prevailing federal sentencing guidelines, Salley’s recommended sentence was between 51 and 63 months.
In motions filed before the sentencing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Gail Malone described Sally as a serial abuser and outlined his history of domestic violence against four women over more than a decade. She recommended a sentence at the high end of the guideline range.
Salley represented himself at the sentencing hearing, according to court documents, after asking that his court appointed-attorney, Don Brown of Brewer, be dismissed.
The investigation that led to state and federal charges began in November 2006 when Salley’s wife called police to file a domestic violence complaint. She told them that Salley had a gun, according to court documents.
It could not be determined Tuesday exactly when Salley would complete his state sentence and begin serving the federal one. The timing will depend on if and how much “good time” Salley earns in state prison.
Salley most likely will serve about 3½ years in federal prison on the gun charge. He is expected to be credited for the two years he was held without bail after his indictment by a federal grand jury on April 11, 2007, until he began serving his state sentence in November.