AUGUSTA — A Vassalboro man who police say shot his daughter’s boyfriend pleaded guilty Tuesday in Kennebec County Superior Court to several other charges.

Joseph L. Gagnon, 55, of Vassalboro, was sentenced to three years in jail, with all but 30 days suspended that he’s already served, and placed on probation for two years. He was fined $700 and ordered to pay $950 restitution; an additional $500 fine was suspended. His driver’s license was suspended for 90 days.

He pleaded guilty to operating under the influence, which occurred Aug. 10, in Augusta. In exchange for that plea, the state dismissed charges of reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and domestic violence reckless conduct from the same date.

Gagnon’s attorney, Ronald Bourget, said several factors went into the plea negotiation with the prosecutor.

According to a police affidavit, Gagnon’s girlfriend, Jaimee L. Laney, called Augusta police at 3 a.m. that day to say Gagnon was using his Ford Escort to ram the back of the vehicle in which she was riding.

Gagnon also pleaded guilty Tuesday to criminal mischief involving damage to an all-terrain vehicle that occurred July 20 in Vassalboro.

In addition, Gagnon pleaded guilty to violating conditions of his bail on Jan. 17 by having contact with Laney at Gagnon’s home on Whitehouse Road in Vassalboro.

That same day Rafael Encarnacion, now 23, of Bronx, N.Y., was reportedly shot in the back bedroom of Gagnon’s Vassalboro home, according to Maine State Police.

Gagnon said he shot Encarnacion, his daughter’s boyfriend, with a homemade gun because Encarnacion had threatened his family and beat him up in the past, according to an affidavit by state police Detective Chris Tremblay.

Gagnon was arrested later that day on the charge of violating conditions of release. He has not been charged in connection with the shooting.

Acting District Attorney Alan Kelley said the shooting remains under investigation.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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