June 20, 2018
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Judge gives convict another four years for crimes while on probation

William Rankin
By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 47-year-old Lincolnville man was sentenced Monday to four years in jail for a series of crimes committed while on probation.

William Rankin was sentenced by Justice Jeffrey Hjelm in Knox County Superior for offenses that occurred last month.

Rankin was on probation after being sentenced in 2005 to 17 years in prison with all but eight years suspended for kidnapping, aggravated assault, terrorizing and violating a condition of release. A gross sexual assault charge was dismissed in exchange for that 2005 plea.

Rankin was arrested again on Feb. 27 and charged with aggravated trafficking of oxycodone, operating under the influence and refusing to submit to arrest.

He was arrested after he drove a car into a snowbank near Rockland City Hall on Pleasant Street.

The officers found 200 pills that turned out to be oxycodone on Rankin, according to the affidavit filed by police. Officers also found $4,384 in cash on him.

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