AUGUSTA — A Massachusetts man scheduled to go to trial Tuesday at the Capital Judicial Center instead pleaded guilty a day earlier to a charge of unlawful trafficking in cocaine base.

He also will forfeit $370 in cash seized from him when he was arrested Jan. 21 in Waterville.

Taurus Allen, 36, of Allston, Massachusetts, and formerly of Auburn, was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison and fined $400.

In exchange for the plea and forfeiture, charges of aggravated trafficking in cocaine base, all dated the same day, were dismissed.

In a separate case, Tammy M. Rastelli, 41, of Augusta and formerly of Chelsea, was sentenced Tuesday to three years in jail after pleading guilty to charges of theft by unauthorized taking and misuse of identification that occurred Feb. 15, 2014, and a second count of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and violating condition of release Dec. 2, 2014, all in Augusta.

The prison term is concurrent to a three-year probation revocation. Rastelli also was ordered to pay $1,614 restitution for the benefit of Camden National Bank.

She is to report to jail to begin the sentence on Sept. 8.

A number of other people were sentenced Tuesday in separate hearings at the Capital Judicial Center:

• John D. Brooks, 57, of Manchester, operating under the influence April 4 in Winthrop; 364-day jail sentence, all but 20 days suspended, one year of probation, $700 fine, three-year license and registration suspension.

• Natasha Harmon, 28, of Lisbon Falls, operating while license suspended or revoked May 10 in Augusta; $750 fine.

• Paul A. Heino, 40, of Thomaston, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer Dec. 8, 2014, in Augusta; 15-day jail sentence.

• Ronald R. Kaelin, 34, of Patten, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident Dec. 23, 2014, in Augusta; $500 fine.

• Charlene Phyllis Lunt, 44, of Augusta; operating under the influence June 25 in Augusta; 180-day jail sentence, all but 10 days suspended, one year of probation, $700 fine, three-year license and registration suspension.

• Kyle J. Mangin, 20, of Mount Vernon, failing to notify of motor vehicle accident and possession of marijuana April 25 in Manchester; $600 in fines.

• Shawn C. Owens, 24, of Augusta and formerly of Biddeford, violating protection-from-abuse order Jan. 27 in Augusta; $200 fine.

• David Lee Shaw Jr., 32, of Augusta, assault and criminal threatening June 26 in Augusta; 180-day jail sentence, all but six days suspended, one year of administrative release, $300 fine, $214 restitution.

• Bobbi Jo Smiley, 37, of Gardiner, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer March 11 in Augusta; 10-day jail sentence.

• Steven G. Williams, 24, of Chelsea, operating under the influence May 7 in Hallowell; 48-hour jail sentence, $500 fine, 150-day license suspension.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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