AUGUSTA — A Hallowell man pleaded guilty Monday to destroying the inside of a mobile home in West Gardiner when his family was moving out of it, and a city woman was sentenced for drug trafficking.

They were two of a number of defendants sentenced in separate hearings at the Capital Judicial Center.

Benjamin F. Rideout III, 24, formerly of Waterville, pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal mischief and was sentenced to an initial 30 days in jail. The remainder of the three-year sentence was suspended, and he was placed on probation for two years.

He also was ordered to pay $5,600 restitution for the damage to the mobile home, which occurred May 11, 2015.

“The residence was left in deplorable condition,” said the prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Frayla Schoenfield Tarpinian. She told the judge the walls were damaged, drywall was torn down and the plumbing was backed up.

Tarpinian said the restitution was ordered primarily to replace the floors in the mobile home.

Rideout’s defense attorney, Lisa Whittier, said the family had no heat or running water, and Rideout said that condition persisted all winter.

“I was just sick of being cold and watching my brother being cold,” he told Justice Donald Marden at the hearing.

Marden told Rideout he should have brought his concerns to local government officials and others.

“There are too many other ways to solve this problem,” Marden said.

A juvenile also faces charges in connection with the same incident, Tarpinian said, adding that she would ask that he contribute to the restitution as part of disposing of that case.

Samantha E. Tupper, 24, of Augusta, was sentenced to an initial 45 days in jail — which she already has served — after she pleaded guilty to unlawful trafficking in cocaine, which occurred July 28, 2015, in Augusta.

The remainder of her four-year sentence was suspended, and she was placed on two years of probation.

She also pleaded guilty to an Aug. 1, 2015, theft and to violating conditions of release June 23, 2015, all in Augusta. In exchange for her pleas, a charge of driving to endanger from June 23, 2015, was dismissed.

Two other people were sentenced as well:

• Joshua J. Waldeck, 29, of Augusta, unlawful possession of heroin March 20, 2016, and two counts of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, Feb. 19, 2016, and July 15, 2015, all in Augusta; 90-day jail sentence, concurrent to a six-month probation revocation; $99 restitution.

• Michael L. Wilson, 34, of Freedom, operating after revocation Sept. 27, 2014, domestic violence assault and obstructing report of a crime Nov. 23, 2015, and aggravated forgery Nov. 27, 2015, all in Augusta; 18-month prison sentence and $1,000 fine, followed by a 364-day jail sentence, with all but 30 days suspended, and two years of probation. Charges of theft and violating conditions of release, operating after revocation and domestic violence terrorism, criminal mischief and failure to give correct name were dismissed.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams


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