May 29, 2020
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Man accused of August attack indicted for attempted murder, other counts

Courtesy of the Penobscot County Jail
Courtesy of the Penobscot County Jail
Howard Williams

A Bangor man charged with attacking his ex-wife in August was indicted on Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury on more than half a dozen charges.

Howard V. Williams, 54, was indicted on the following counts: attempted murder, aggravated assault, domestic violence criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, domestic violence terrorizing with a dangerous weapon, domestic violence reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, domestic violence assault and domestic violence criminal threatening.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 20 at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.

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Williams has been held at the Penobscot County Jail since his arrest. He currently is boarded out to the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset.

Bangor police arrested Williams on Aug. 5 after he allegedly assaulted his 55-year-old ex-wife at her Merrimac Street apartment. Upstairs neighbors told police that they heard the woman screaming and went downstairs to try to help. At one point, the male neighbor threatened Williams with a gun and he left, according to court documents.

The victim told police that Williams tried to strangle her and threatened her with a knife. Court documents said that the victim had abrasions on her face, neck, arms and legs.

If convicted of the most serious charge of attempted murder, Williams faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 866-834-4357, TRS 800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.


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