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Hermon man who killed intruder pleads not guilty to drug charges

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
Danny Williams leaves the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor Thursday after his arraignment.
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The Hermon man who in February shot and killed a Bangor man and injured his friend during a reported home invasion pleaded not guilty Thursday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to drug charges.

Daniel Williams, 25, pleaded not guilty to aggravated drug trafficking in scheduled drugs, aggravated trafficking in synthetic hallucinogenic drugs, both Class A crimes, aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, a Class B crime, two counts of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and unlawful possession of synthetic hallucinogenic drugs, all Class D crimes.

Williams was indicted May 30 by the Penobscot County grand jury but the indictment was sealed. He was arrested by deputies from the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office and released May 31 on $5,000 bail with conditions that included no contact with the wounded man and others involved in the February incident.

Superior Court Justice Donald Marden ordered Thursday that Williams’ bail and conditions remain the same. The judge set Williams’ next court date for Sept. 10.

If convicted, Williams faces up to 30 years in prison on the Class A charges of aggravated trafficking and a fine of up to $50,000.

In addition to the criminal charges, prosecutors have filed motions asking that Williams be ordered to forfeit cash and guns found in his apartment at the time of his arrest.

On Feb. 16 Williams used a .22-caliber handgun to fatally shoot Robert Dellairo, 30, of Bangor and wound Philip McIntyre, 19, also of Bangor in the leg during a reported home invasion, he told the Bangor Daily News shortly afterward.

Williams told the BDN in February that he was asleep at his residence at the Duran Apartments on Outer Hammond Street when Dellairo and McIntyre broke into his residence.

“They attacked me in my home, and I had to protect myself,” Williams said just days after the incident.

Williams said he used a .22-caliber handgun to shoot Dellairo in the pelvis, McIntyre in the leg and shot twice into the rear end of a blue Honda Accord that a woman used to drive the injured to St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor.

Dellairo was immediately transferred from St. Joseph Hospital to Eastern Maine Medical Center, where he later died. McIntyre was arrested for burglary after he was released from St. Joseph and was booked into the Penobscot County Jail. Since then, he has been arrested several times.

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