November 18, 2017
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Man dies in shooting outside West Gardiner home

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
Updated:

A man died early Saturday morning after a shooting outside a West Gardiner home.

James Haskell, 41, who most recently lived in Chelsea, was found dead outside the residence on Yeaton Drive, which runs off Hallowell-Litchfield Road, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said.

Kennebec County sheriff’s deputies were sent to the residence after dispatchers received a 911 call at about 2:45 a.m. Haskell was dead when deputies arrived. A state police detective joined them a short time later, McCausland said.

According to his criminal history, obtained from the State Bureau of Identification, Haskell has a lengthy list of convictions dating back to 1994.

The criminal history includes convictions for gross sexual assault and criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon in 1998, for which he was given a 16-year prison sentence. While serving his sentence, he was convicted of trafficking in prison contraband and given an additional 90-day sentence.

His rap sheet also includes convictions for criminal mischief, aggravated criminal mischief, theft, burglary, forgery, assault, eluding an officer, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, failure to comply with the state’s sex offender registration law and probation and bail violations. The most recent entry was in 2014, when he was sentenced to nine months and one day for his second conviction for failure to comply with the sex offender registration law.

In all, he was incarcerated nine times for periods ranging from 30 days to 16 years.

No one has been charged or arrested in connection with Haskell’s death, McCausland said Sunday afternoon. He said several people were at the home at the time of the shooting, all of whom have been interviewed by police.

The shooting is not being investigated as a suicide, he said. He declined to comment on the circumstances that led to the shooting, noting that the death remains under investigation.

An autopsy will be conducted at the Maine medical examiner’s office in Augusta.


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