February 24, 2020
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Deer Isle man sentenced for assault on family and for biting a state trooper

Courtesy of Hancock County Jail
Courtesy of Hancock County Jail
Richard Bubar of Deer Isle Hancock County Jail photo

A Deer Isle man is serving a nine-month jail sentence for assaulting a family and biting a state trooper in separate incidents in Sedgwick over the past year.

Justice Robert Murray sentenced 44-year-old Richard Bubar on Monday to five years imprisonment, with all but nine months suspended, for the assault of four family members July 29, 2018.

Concurrently, Bubar will serve another nine-month sentence for the biting of Maine State Police Trooper Blaine Silk on Feb. 8 after crashing a pickup truck, officials said.

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Bubar’s rage was to blame in both incidents, prosecutors said. Bubar told court officials that he has a substance use problem that caused him to lose self-control.

As part of his sentence, Bubar will pay restitution to the victim’s compensation fund totalling $7,780.98 for the assault against the family and $526.68 to the owner of a vehicle he punched following the Feb. 8 crash, officials said.

Bubar will serve three years probation on both incidents after he is released from Hancock County Jail. If he violates the conditions of his probation, he would face a five-year prison term, officials said.

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The summer assault against the family began when Bubar squealed the tires of the pickup he was driving in front of the family and members told him to stop. The family — a couple and their two children — suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. They did not know Bubar at the time of the incident, police have said.

He was convicted of aggravated assault, a Class B crime punishable by up to 10 years incarceration and a $20,000 fine, in connection with the family assault. Three counts of Class D assault and a single count of violation of the conditions of release were dismissed, a court official said.

Bubar was indicted by a Hancock County grand jury in December and was out on bail for the Sedgwick incident when he crashed a pickup truck on Mines Road in Sedgwick on Feb. 8, police have said.

He punched a witness’ vehicle and bit Silk’s gloved hand while police were putting him in a cruiser. Bubar was taken to a local hospital after injuring his arm from repeatedly striking the holding cell door at Hancock County Jail, police have said.

Charges of Class C assault on a police officer, Class D criminal mischief, Class D refusal to submit to arrest and violation of conditions of release were dismissed as part of the plea bargain, officials said.

Bubar will receive credit for the time served since the Feb. 8 incident and be required to undergo anger management and substance use counseling, officials said.


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