AUGUSTA — A Farmington man who held police at bay in an armed standoff almost four years ago in Jay was sentenced Thursday in Kennebec County Superior Court for that offense and several others.

Nathanael Q. Couture, 27, was sentenced to four years in jail with all but nine months suspended and two years’ probation following his termination from the Kennebec County Veterans Treatment Court program.

Couture had been admitted to that program July 16, 2012. It provides resources to aid veterans who had turned to substance abuse and crime after leaving the military. Those admitted to the program must meet rigorous standards of treatment, counseling and reporting to court.

Couture was convicted of criminal threatening with a firearm, which occurred March 31, 2011, in Wilton after police responded to an address in Jay.

Couture also was convicted of domestic violence reckless conduct which occurred Feb. 8, 2010, and violating conditions of release March 9, 2012, in Chesterville.

In a separate hearing, Shawn C. Owens, 23, of Augusta, was sentenced to five years in jail with all but six months suspended and two years’ probation for burglarizing Amato’s on Western Avenue, Augusta, overnight Aug. 24-25.

Owens, who had been occasionally employed at the restaurant, also pleaded guilty to theft by unauthorized taking and criminal mischief. He was ordered to pay $2,118 restitution.

Also sentenced this week in Kennebec County Superior Court:

• James Derosier, 28, of Benton and formerly of Waterville, domestic violence assault May 25 in Waterville and violating condition of release Nov. 10 in Pittsfield; four-year jail sentence, all but five months suspended and two years’ probation.

• Richard Scott Knight, 33, of Fairfield, operating while license suspended or revoked May 14 in Winslow; $700 fine.

• Keith R. Ladner, 58, of Readfield, operating under the influence Aug. 3 in Augusta; 180-day jail sentence, with all but 10 days suspended (to be served in the alternative sentencing program), one year probation $700 fine, three-year license and registration suspension.

• Robert P. Rodgers, 49, of Winthrop, domestic violence assault and violating condition of release Sept. 12 in Winthrop, domestic violence assault and violating condition of release in China; three-year jail sentence, all but 120 days suspended, two years’ probation.

• Javier Seruya, 23, of Bangor and formerly of Waterville, violating condition of release Sept. 24 and violating protective order Aug. 19, both in Waterville; 180-day jail sentence, all but seven days suspended, one year probation.

• Nicholas J. Worthing, 26, of Pittston, domestic violence assault and domestic violence terrorizing April 4 in Pittston; 364-day jail sentence, all but 60 days suspended and two years’ probation.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams


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