AUGUSTA — A Waterville man sentenced Monday on drug trafficking charges in federal court pleaded guilty Friday in state court to stabbing a man outside the Bob-In bar last May 6 in Waterville.

Jesse J. Jones, 24, was sentenced to four years in prison, with all but eight months suspended, and two years of probation.

The sentence is to run at the same time as his federal sentence of 21 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

Assistant District Attorney Joelle Pratt said that means Jones will be subject to more frequent testing for illegal drugs and that law enforcement authorities will be able to see more quickly that he is on probation.

“So it’s double supervision,” Justice Donald Marden said after questioning attorneys about how the two sentences will work.

Pratt said Jones hit a woman outside the Bob-In and pulled out a knife and stabbed a man, resulting in a 2-inch-long gash on the man’s shoulder.

A Waterville police report says the injured man refused treatment.

Conditions of probation ban Jones, who also has a Sidney address listed in state court documents, from contact with those two victims as well as several others who were present that night.

None of those people was at the hearing Friday morning in Kennebec County Superior Court. Pratt said the stabbing victim was notified several times about the hearing date.

Jones also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of scheduled drugs and was fined $400.

Jones told the judge he has been held since last May in the Somerset County jail and has been dealing with substance abuse by attending Alcoholics Anonymous and other programs in jail.

“This is an experience that is definitely life-changing and is definitely an eye-opener for me,” Jones said.

His attorney, Caleigh Keevan, said Jones was more forthcoming at the sentencing in U.S. District Court in Bangor when he was sentenced on charges that he intended to possess and distributed cocaine and oxycodone.

“He gave a very powerful and emotional elocution at that, and he does understand the consequences of his actions,” Keevan said.

Jones was one of 20 people charged in a drug-trafficking conspiracy in which prescription drugs and cocaine sent from New York were sold in Maine.

Betty Adams — 621-5631
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