AUGUSTA — A man jailed for stealing cigarettes and another who flicked a spent butt out the window when police were trying to pull over his car were among those sentenced Wednesday in Kennebec County Superior Court.

Daniel J. Couto, 23, of Augusta, pleaded guilty to class E theft and violating conditions of his release for stealing a pack of cigarettes from the Maine Smoke Shop on Western Avenue in Augusta. Justice Robert Mullen sentenced Couto to 364 days in jail with all but 30 days suspended and was ordered to pay restitution of $6 for the cigarettes. He also must stay away from the smoke shop.

The charges against Daniel L. Bowie, 34, of Biddeford, stem from a Nov. 7 incident that also included cigarettes. He reportedly flicked a butt out the window when a state police cruiser pulled up beside him on Interstate 95 in Sidney while trying to get Bowie to pull his car over. Bowie eventually drove to the Walmart parking lot in Augusta, where he got out of his car and was arrested.

Bowie pleaded guilty to operating after habitual offender revocation and failure to stop for an officer, both class C crimes, and a class E offense of violating conditions of release. Mullen sentenced Bowie to four years in prison, with all but six months suspended, and two years’ probation. Mullen also fined Bowie $1,000.

Others who pleaded guilty and were sentenced include:

• Jamey Brigley, 27, of Caribou, pleaded guilty to a class B crime of trafficking in schedule W drugs, bath salts, and violating conditions of release. Mullen sentenced Brigley to four years in prison, with all but 12 months suspended, and two years’ probation. Brigley will get credit for the months he has already served in jail.


Brigley was one of several people inside a Winslow apartment on Nov. 25 when police and Maine Drug Enforcement agents conducted a bail check at the home. Once inside, officers found 188 grams of bath salts. Drugs were found in Brigley’s backpack and suitcase.

• Richard L. Ducharme, 28, of Augusta, pleaded guilty to class C burglary, class E theft and two counts of violation of his probation. Mullen ordered Ducharme, who in November was sentenced to serve four years in prison with all but 90 days suspended for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, criminal mischief and misuse of identification, to serve the remaining three years, nine months on that sentence.

A pair of six-month sentences for the new probation violation and a second three-year-nine-month sentence for the new burglary and theft convictions will be fulfilled concurrently. Ducharme on Dec. 29 broke into Employment Specialist of Maine on Riverside Drive in Augusta and stole debit cards, gas cards, two digital cameras and cash. Ducharme, who had been a client with ESM, was carrying the digital cameras when police found him.

Craig Crosby — 621-5642

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