AUGUSTA — A Vassalboro man pleaded guilty Thursday to a host of drug and domestic violence charges and was sentenced to eight years in prison, with all but 30 months suspended, and three years’ probation.

Shane Leslie Wood, 48, also was sentenced to a consecutive fully suspended two-year prison term and two years’ probation, which Justice Donald Alexander warned him will keep him on probation longer.

Assistant District Attorney Frayla Schoenfeld said that between July 7 and Sept. 8, 2013, in Vassalboro, Wood assaulted his girlfriend, whose name has not been made public. She escaped from him and at one point hid in the woods near his Crowell Road home until police arrived.

Schoenfeld said Wood on July 7, 2013, “jabbed her (the victim) in the throat with the end of a baseball bat.” The next day, an argument resulted in him punching her and threatening to kill her, Schoenfeld said.

Not long afterward, when Kennebec County sheriff’s deputies, Maine State Police officers and Maine Drug Enforcement agents searched Wood’s home, they reported seizing 8 pounds of marijuana, more than 1,000 prescription pills and more than 8 grams of cocaine and heroin.

Then on Sept. 8, 2013, when Wood, after his arrest on those charges, was free on bail on the condition that he not have contact with the woman, he hit her again, leaving her with black eyes, Schoenfeld said.

As part of the plea agreement, Wood forfeited $5,750 that police seized during the search.

Prosecutors also dismissed a March 2, 2013, charge of assault against Wood that named a different woman as a victim.

Probation conditions include prohibiting Wood from use or possession of alcohol, drugs or weapons, including firearms. He is banned from having contact with both of the women named as victims in the charges and from being within a mile of the residence of one of them if he knows where the residence is.

He also was ordered to attend domestic violence court, take part in a certified batterer’s intervention course and undergo substance abuse counseling and mental evaluation and counseling to the satisfaction of his probation officer.

“I do hope that he is successful,” District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said Thursday. “As part of his probation, he is being ordered to engage in many rehabilitative programs that if he takes seriously, he will be successful, and if he doesn’t, he won’t be.”

Wood was represented at the hearing by attorney Pam Ames.

Wood has drug convictions dating back to at least 2000, according to published reports. Wood was sentenced in 2008 to two years in prison and fined $400 for a conviction of aggravated trafficking in marijuana and violating conditions of release.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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