AUGUSTA — Charges of assault and criminal threatening against two Sanford men were dismissed this week by the district attorney’s office.
In the dismissals, filed in Kennebec County Superior Court, Assistant District Attorney Joelle Pratt said there is insufficient evidence to proceed with the case against Paul D. Goodrich, 40, of the Sanford village of Springvale and Robert Flaherty, 34, of Sanford.
“In preparing the cases for grand jury, it became clear that we had insufficient evidence to proceed,” said District Attorney Maeghan Maloney. “We would have to determine who was the prominent aggressor to go forward, and everyone was injured from this encounter. We don’t have enough evidence at this time to determine who was the prominent aggressor.”
She said some pictures submitted with the police report showed Flaherty with knife cuts to his neck and to his arm.
Flaherty and Goodrich had been accused of injuring 34-year-old Shamus Laperriere, of Litchfield, on March 21 in Gardiner after the pair made a U-turn in his Lewiston Road driveway and, in the process, damaged a makeshift barricade he had erected to keep people from turning in his driveway.
Laperriere told police he was threatened with a gun and beaten with a baseball bat.
“I think clearly they had evidence that our clients were not guilty of anything,” Flaherty’s attorney, Neal Weinstein, said Wednesday. “We appreciate the good work the district attorney did to get it straightened out.”
Attorney David Geller represented Goodrich. “We’re obviously very happy with the outcome,” Geller said Wednesday. “After everyone reviewed the evidence, it became clear there were a lot of contradictions and inconsistencies in the story that the victim told.”
Others sentenced Tuesday at separate hearings in Kennebec County Superior Court:
â¢ Laurie C. Gilliland, 45, of Winslow, operating under the influence Sept. 15, 2013 in Waterville, and operating under the influence, operating while license suspended or revoked and violating condition of release Feb. 1 in Waterville; 80 day jail sentence, $2,000 fine, seven year license and registration suspension.
â¢ Ginni L. LaBree, 40, of Gardiner, operating after habitual offender revocation June 5, 2013, in Chelsea; six month jail sentence, $1,000 fine.
â¢ Robert C. Lacroix, 26, of Winslow, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer March 15 in Waterville; two-year jail sentence, all suspended, two years probation, concurrent to a seven month probation revocation.
â¢ Kenneth Lavigne, 44, of Gardiner, forgery Oct. 17, 2013, in Gardiner; 48 hour jail sentence.
â¢ Kristan Sherri Noel Preo, 29, of Windsor, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer Feb. 1 in China; 14 day jail sentence, $15 restitution.
â¢ Gabriel J. Roy, 34, of Sidney, burglary of a motor vehicle June 10, 2010, in Augusta; 180 day jail sentence, all but 20 days suspended, one year probation, $853 restitution.
â¢ Kristie L. Small, 41, of Lewiston, unlawful possession of scheduled drug Sept. 28, 2012, in Litchfield; 364 day jail sentence all suspended, one year administrative release, $400 fine.
â¢ Joy M. Ware, 52, of Augusta, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and criminal trespass Sept. 16, 2013, in Augusta; two year jail sentence, all but 30 days suspended and two years probation, $782 restitution.