AUGUSTA — A man charged with shooting a woman in her Gardiner home as her six children reportedly huddled in a separate bedroom pleaded guilty Tuesday to illegal possession of a firearm and reckless conduct.

Sean R. Kingston, 38, of Wiscasset, was sentenced in Kennebec County Superior Court to five years in prison with all but two years suspended and four years’ probation.

Gardiner police officers who responded to the 30 Costello Road home on Dec. 7. 2013, reported finding Shawna Snyder in a bedroom with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The spent round was recovered between the mattress and the mattress cover.

According to an affidavit by Gardiner police Detective Michael Durham, police initially were told the couple found a gun in a field and were looking at it when it went off. Later, Kingston told police it was his handgun and it went off accidentally while they were in her bedroom.

The woman later was reported to be recovering from surgery.

Kingston was convicted of a felony in 1997 and prohibited from having a firearm, according to the report.


A number of other people were sentenced Tuesday in separate hearings in Kennebec County Superior Court:

• Brewster A. Bainer, 28, of Clinton, violating condition of release Jan. 24 in Clinton; 48-hour jail sentence.

• Dillon Bellefleur, 22, of Fairfield, operating under the influence and operating vehicle without license — conditional/restricted, Dec. 15, 2013, in Winslow; 180-day jail sentence, all but 10 days suspended, one-year administrative release, three-year license suspension, $700 fine.

• Benjamin L. Fredette, 22, of Winslow, criminal mischief and operating under the influence Sept. 28, 2013, in Waterville; 96-hour alternative sentencing program, $500 fine, up to $1,000 restitution and 90-day license suspension.

• Israel Gagne, 37, of Augusta, domestic violence assault Nov. 8, 2013, in Augusta; five-year jail sentence, all but seven months suspended, two years’ probation.

• Myles Garland, 25, of Limerick, violating condition of release Aug. 8, 2013, in Waterville; $150 fine.


• Howard C. Hatchell, 41, of Madison, operating while license suspended or revoked Jan. 25 in Belgrade; 10-day jail sentence, $500 fine.

• Richard Howe, 57, of West Gardiner, violating protective order Jan. 30, 2013, in Gardiner; $400 fine.

• Kenneth Lachance, 59, of Winslow, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs Aug. 9, 2013, in Waterville; $400 fine.

• Eric Mejias, 35, of Winslow, operating while license suspended or revoked Jan. 11 in Waterville; seven-day jail sentence, $600 fine, one-year license suspension.

• Eric Edward Skidgell, 31, of Litchfield, domestic violence terrorizing and domestic violence assault Dec. 26, 2013, in Litchfield; three-year jail sentence, all but nine months and one day suspended, two years’ probation.

• Tracy L. Towers, 41, of Clinton, hunting deer after having killed one, operating while license suspended or revoked, possession of antlerless deer and fraudulently obtaining license or permit, Nov. 1-9, 2013, in Albion and Clinton; $1,900 in fines.

• Sokrouhn S. Ung, 34, of Portland, unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs and criminal forfeiture of $1,919, both Nov. 25, 2013 in Augusta; four-year prison sentence, all but one year suspended, two years’ probation, $400 fine.

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