AUGUSTA — Former legislator Frederick L. Wintle’s expected guilty plea did not come Wednesday because an anticipated hearing in Kennebec County Superior Court was rescheduled for today.

Wintle, 59, of Garland, faces charges that he held a stranger at gunpoint in the parking lot of a Waterville Dunkin’ Donuts last year.

It wasn’t clear why the matter was delayed for at least one day. Wintle’s attorney, Leonard Sharon, said he expected the plea hearing to now be held late today; however, it appears on the court docket at 8:30 a.m.

Wintle was charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, reckless conduct and carrying concealed weapon after being arrested May 21.

At the time, Wintle was a Republican legislator representing District 24, which serves Athens, Charleston, Dexter, Garland, Harmony and Ripley, in the Maine House of Representatives. He resigned his post in September.

Sharon told Justice Nancy Mills on Tuesday that he had worked out a deal with the prosecutor, Acting District Attorney Alan Kelley, but that the victim, Michael Seamans, had yet to be contacted about a proposed disposition. Seamans is a photographer for the Morning Sentinel.

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