AUGUSTA — Eight days after a jury failed to reach a verdict in a case involving a Chelsea man accused of aggravated assault, the defendant was found guilty of a lesser charge.

Randy L. Young, 37, pleaded no contest Thursday to a charge of assault in a Kennebec County Superior Court case heard at the Capital Judicial Center. That resulted in an automatic finding of guilty by Justice Michaela Murphy and a sentence of 60 days in jail and a fine of $300, which was recommended jointly by the state and the defense.

Young was given credit for 60 days he had been held on the charge, and he remains free.

Young had been indicted on charges of aggravated assault, domestic violence assault and assault, all allegedly occurring Oct. 5, 2014, in Chelsea. Young had denied accusations he strangled a woman he had been living with off and on.

Young, who was represented by attorney David Geller, testified in his own defense at last week’s trial.

The prosecutor was Assistant District Attorney Frayla Schoenfeld.

Thursday’s plea was negotiated as a way to resolve the case without having a second trial.

A number of other people were sentenced recently in separate hearings in Kennebec County Superior, Augusta District and Kennebec Criminal Docket court cases heard at the Capital Judicial Center:

• Jeb M. Baker, 36, of Winslow, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, two-year jail sentence, all suspended, two years of probation, 100 hours of community service.

• Justin Buker, 26, of Dresden, domestic violence assault Feb. 10, 2014, in Waterville; 364-day jail sentence, all but 30 days suspended, two years of probation.

• Thomas W. Bennett, 47, of Belgrade Lakes, operating under the influence Dec. 23, 2014, in Belgrade; 96-hour jail sentence, $500 fine, 150-day license suspension.

• Gerald Dumouchel, 69, of Fairfield, operating under the influence Dec. 11, 2014, in Winslow; 96-hour jail sentence, $500 fine, 150-day license suspension.

• Brianna M. Harger, 34, of Augusta, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and forgery Dec. 30, 2014, in Augusta; nine-month jail sentence, $200 restitution.

• Shayne Humphrey, 21, of Waterville, obstructing report of a crime March 25 in Winslow; 364-day jail sentence, all but 25 days suspended, one year of administrative release.

• Ryan Knight, 30, of Farmington, domestic violence assault Jan. 13, 2013, in Waterville; 364-day jail sentence, all suspended, one year of probation.

• Peter D. McGowan, 50, of Augusta, false public alarm or report April 2, 2015, in Augusta; 15-day jail sentence, credit for 15 days served.

• Taylor Stevenson, 24, of Wayne, driving to endanger June 1, 2013, in Fayette; $575 fine, 30-day license suspension.

• Cody Wittenberg, 24, of Freehold, N.J., unlawful possession of scheduled drug Sept. 19, 2014, in Gardiner; $400 fine.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams


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