AUGUSTA — A Vienna man is charged with reckless conduct with a weapon for allegedly firing birdshot at a pickup truck in which his girlfriend was riding with another man and with her 7-year-old son.

Eddie Levigne, 29, was arrested after the reported incident Sunday in Vienna and had an initial court appearance Monday via video from the Kennebec County jail. He is also facing charges of domestic violence terrorizing and endangering the welfare of a child in connection with the same incident.

Justice Michaela Murphy, sitting at the Capital Judicial Center, set bail at $5,000 cash as requested by the prosecutor, with conditions prohibiting Levigne from contact with the woman, her son and the other man. He is also prohibited from having dangerous weapons.

Stephen Bourget, serving as lawyer of the day, argued for a lower bail, saying Levigne has lived in Maine all his life and that “his version of events is different than the alleged victim’s.”

Bourget said Levigne told him he fired out the back door of the home “nowhere near any vehicle. He’s grown up with guns, he knows gun safety and he wouldn’t put anybody in that situation.”

Assistant District Attorney Alisa Ross said it appeared that the backyard of Levigne’s home faced the road on which the vehicle was traveling and that police confirmed that birdshot struck the truck. She said Levigne was upset because his girlfriend was leaving in a vehicle with another man. Ross said a 12-gauge shotgun was found at Levigne’s house.

Ross also said a text message sent shortly afterward to the girlfriend asked, “How did (the other man) like that?”

Ross said Levigne had been convicted previously of assault and operating after suspension.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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