July 16, 2019
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Maine State Prison inmate gets 3 years for striking worker with padlock

ROCKLAND, Maine — A Maine State Prison inmate whose sentence had nearly been completed will be serving another three years behind bars after admitting he struck a worker with a padlock.

Gregory E. Leeman, 52, pleaded guilty Monday in Knox County Superior Court to aggravated assault. Justice Joyce Wheeler accepted the sentence agreement reached between the district attorney’s office and defense that calls for a three-year sentence and restitution of $291.

The plea was reached after a forensic evaluation of Leeman found that he was competent to stand trial, defense attorney Jonathan Handelman said.

Leeman struck a female caseworker in the head with a padlock tied around an electronics cord, according to Assistant District Attorney Jeff Baroody. The prisoner had walked into the woman’s office last July when he committed the assault, according to the prosecutor. The padlock and cord were traced back to belonging to Leeman.

No reason was given for the assault. District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau said Monday evening he did not believe the woman’s injuries were serious.

Leeman had been convicted of aggravated assault in 2002. He was also convicted in 2010 of assault at the prison.

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