AUGUSTA — Three women convicted of felonies were among those sentenced to prison or jail terms Wednesday in Kennebec County Superior Court cases heard at the Capital Judicial Center.

A New York woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to unlawful possession of more than 4 grams of cocaine base last December and was sentenced to 20 months in prison.

Kimberly Marie Maldonado, 47, also agreed to forfeit $5,257 seized from an Augusta hotel room she and a codefendant were renting on Dec. 10.

Maldonado also was fined $400. In exchange for the guilty plea, other drug-trafficking charges were dismissed.

At a separate hearing in the same court, Heather M. Wilkinson, 49, also known as “Ma Duke,” of Augusta, was sentenced to serve an initial nine months behind bars, with the remainder of the four-year sentence suspended, and was placed on probation for two years after she pleaded guilty to heroin trafficking. She also was fined $400.

The prosecutor, Assistant Attorney General Katie Sibley, told Justice Donald Marden that Wilkinson had no prior criminal record and was being used by codefendant Peter Hernandez “as a buffer.” Sibley said Wilkinson was under the influence of heroin but cooperative when she and Hernandez were arrested Dec. 22 at Wilkinson’s home.

Charges remain pending against Hernandez, who is free on bail. “He was the out-of-state trafficker,” Sibley said.

Wilkinson told the judge that Hernandez “was a friend of a friend.”

Penny Peaslee, 34, of Windsor, was sentenced to serve an initial 75 days of a two-year jail term, with the remainder suspended, and placed on probation for two years after pleading guilty to theft by deception in connection with receipt of welfare benefits. She was ordered to repay the state $10,594. The offense occurred between September 2010 and May 2014 in Winslow.

At a separate hearing Wednesday, Richard Ernest Pepin, 65, of Augusta, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of sexually explicit materials depicting a minor under 12. The offense occurred May 6, 2012, in Augusta. He was ordered to serve an initial six months of a two-year sentence, with the remainder suspended, and placed on probation for two years. He also was ordered to register as a Tier 1 offender, which carries a 10-year registration requirement under the state’s Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

The judge ordered Pepin to forfeit a cellphone, an SD card, a computer hard drive and 76 CDs and DVDs prosecutors said were used in the crime. As a condition of probation, Pepin may not possess any device capable of Internet access without authorization of a probation officer.

Also sentenced Tuesday and Wednesday in separate hearings in Kennebec County Superior Court, Augusta District Court and Kennebec Unified Criminal Docket cases:

• Robert Adams, 73, of Fayette, unlawful possession of gift deer Dec. 16, 2014, and failure to timely register bear, deer, moose, turkey Nov. 6, 2014, both in Fayette; $800 in fines.

• Jacqueline Chapman, 40, of Farmingdale, operating while license suspended or revoked Dec. 7, 2013, in Augusta; $500 fine

• Karen L. Dewitt, 58, of Lewiston and formerly of Wayne, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer March 22, 2013, in Winthrop; two-day jail sentence.

• John O. Ellis, 48, of Owls Head, violating condition of release Feb. 10 in Windsor; seven-day jail sentence.

• Donald Farrington, 52, of East Machias, unlawful possession of hydrocodone Sept. 26, 2012, in Monmouth; $600 fine.

• Joseph E. Finch, 44, of Winthrop, domestic violence reckless conduct Nov. 15, 2014, in Winthrop; 364-day jail sentence, all but 14 days suspended, one year of probation.

• Gary French, 64, of South China, failure to stop, remain, render aid, personal injury Dec. 23, 2014, in China; $500 fine.

• Lynda Gauthier, 46, of Leeds, violating condition of release and unlawful possession of scheduled drug March 7 in Monmouth; four-year jail sentence, all but 58 days suspended (credit for time served), two years of probation, $400 fine.

• Wayne Gunnison Jr., 34, of Augusta; operating under the influence and failing to stop, remain, provide information Oct. 24, 2014, and operating while license suspended or revoked and violating condition of release Feb. 27, all in Augusta; seven-day jail sentence, $1,200 fine, one-year-and-150-day license suspension.

• Walter B. Hawkins, 25, of Augusta, refusing to submit to arrest or detention and criminal trespass March 21 and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer Jan. 24, both in Augusta; 35-day jail sentence concurrent with a probation revocation.

• Richard R. Howe, 58, of West Gardiner, operating under the influence Jan. 11 in West Gardiner; 96-hour alternative sentencing program, $500 fine, 150-day license suspension.

• Alison Lord, 25, of Augusta, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and misuse of identification Nov. 30, 2013, in Augusta; three-year jail sentence, all but 30 days suspended, two years of probation; $2,530.65 restitution.

• Heather Manson, 31, of Boothbay, unlawful possession of scheduled drug Jan. 22 in Augusta; 18-day jail sentence, credit for time served, $400 fine.

• Susan Kim MacFarlane, 28, of Winthrop, unlawful possession of scheduled drug June 19, 2014, and unlawful possession of scheduled drug and violating condition of release March 5 in Augusta; two-year jail sentence, all but 30 days suspended, two years of probation, $800 in fines.

• Joseph S. McIntire, 37, of Kents Hill, violating protection-from-abuse order March 28 in Winthrop; 10-day jail sentence to be served in the alternative sentencing program.

• Katherine G. McNaughton, 57, of Hallowell, operating under the influence Dec. 19, 2014, in Hallowell; $500 fine, 150-day license suspension.

• Sandra J. Morgan, 50, of Chelsea, domestic violence assault March 19, two counts each of violating protection-from-abuse order and violating condition of release March 23 and April 8, all in Augusta; 364-day jail sentence, all but 26 days suspended (credit for time served), one year of probation.

• Brian Murphy, 44, of West Gardiner, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct, offensive words, gestures Feb. 15 in West Gardiner; $300 in fines.

• Wendy L. Nix, 54, of Augusta; two counts of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer Jan. 16 in Monmouth; 180-day jail sentence, all suspended, one-year administrative release.

• Gordon Pine Jr., 43, of Albion and formerly of Augusta, domestic violence criminal threatening and illegal possession of a firearm Feb. 28 in Augusta; two-year jail sentence, all but 90 days suspended, two years of probation

• Kimberly Robbins, 41, of Augusta, unlawful possession of scheduled drug May 16, 2013, in Augusta; $400 fine.

• Samantha Robinson, 21, of Augusta, unlawful possession of oxycodone May 8, 2013; six-month jail sentence, credit for six months served, $400 fine.

• Jason M. Santos, 23, of Waterville, unlawful possession of scheduled drug Nov. 21, 2014, in Gardiner; $750 fine.

• Michael S. Voye, 38, of Chelsea, domestic violence reckless conduct Feb. 24 in Chelsea; 364-day jail sentence, all suspended, two years of probation.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams


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