AUGUSTA — A 35-year-old city man was sentenced to serve an initial 18 months behind bars for repeatedly violating protection from abuse orders and bail conditions by attempting to contact a woman.

Charles A. Epps, 35, of Augusta, who also lists an address in Lewiston, pleaded guilty Friday at the Capital Judicial Center to charges of domestic violence stalking and six counts each of violating a protective order and violating conditions of release. Those offenses occurred Jan. 22-June 5 in Augusta.

Epps also pleaded guilty to theft by unauthorized taking or transfer that occurred July 16, 2014, at Wal-Mart in Augusta. According to the indictment, he stole a backpack.

The split sentence imposed Friday calls for Epps to serve an initial 18 months with the remainder of the five-year sentence suspended. He also was ordered to serve three years’ probation and pay $883.74 restitution.

Conditions of probation ban him from having contact with the victim, a 22-year-old woman, except as permitted by protection orders.

Epps also pleaded guilty to charges of burglary of a motor vehicle and theft that occurred in Somerset and Androscoggin counties and received one-year concurrent jail terms for those offenses.

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